Unfortunately many frogs do fall in pools and are poisoned by chlorine, which is absorbed into their bloodstream through their permeable skin. Recently on the Mother Nature Network blog, I read about a new invention, called a Froglog, that is an escape ramp that helps frogs and other small animals escape from pools.
The froglog was created by Rich Mason, a wildlilfe biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who was disturbed that so many frogs and other animals were dying in pools. The froglog is a thick foam tile with angled edges that allow frogs to climb out of the pool. The froglog can also be used in hot tubs, spas, fountains, and backyard ponds.
As Mason writes on his website, due to suburban sprawl, pools are now often built close to the natural habitats of amphibians. He mentions a friend with a pool in Maryland who found over 50 animals trapped in his pool in one night.
Check out this video of frogs and turtles using the froglog escape ramp. And if you have a pool, fountain, etc… and live in an area with lots of wildlife, definitely consider getting a froglog!
Hi. I wanted to view the Froglog in action but when I clicked to see the video I got the message that the video “does not exist.” What gives? When will it be available?
I will look into a new video and fix the page! – Susan
Hi….I have frogs living in my fountain basin. It is Inot ground but only 14 inches deep and about 2.5ft by 3 ft. What do I do with these guys in the winter? I usually store the fountain and pump in the garage ND the pool just freezes…but now there are frogs….any advise? We like them and do not want to harm them.
Thanks for writing. Would you be able ton take them inside for the winter?
I just watched, seems to be working now.
In principle this is similar to providing a piece of Styrofoam in the pool that the animals can climb onto. I tried that trick and found that the animals did not always find the Styrofoam. Would a person need multiple froglogs around their pool?
I’m under the impression that one works fine. Thanks, Susan