If you are fortunate enough to live near a lake or swamp or marshy area you will find it is a case of “build it and they will come”. For those of us poor shmucks who aren’t you may have to introduce frogs to your backyard.
There are laws about keeping frogs in captivity. For instance you need a license to keep them enclosed. So you don’t want to go kidnapping frogs from foreign lands as this is quite illegal. Also they, quite possibly, will simply take off. Frogs have a favourite territory and if you take them from it they will attempt to find their way back. Very sad if that territory was 300km away! Also, we definitely do not want to be spreading the Frog Fungus by transporting froggies all over the continent.
The best way to get frogs to set up camp in your backyard is to introduce them as tadpoles. Now this can be quite problematical. Where, in this day and age, do you source tadpoles from?
One way is to keep an eye out at your local primary school. Classroom teachers are amazing sources of tadpoles. I think things like lizards, mice and tadpoles gravitate towards them! Neighbours and friends are another source as they may already have operational frog systems.
An above board, no nonsense and fantastic source, though, is the WA Museum Frogwatch Tadpole Register. This is a service run by the staff at the Museum of WA. You can email them with your contact details and your suburb and they will connect you with people in your area who have a surplus of tadpoles in their ponds. Their email address is email@example.com.
Have a look at their site for more information. Go to www.museum.wa.gov.au/frogwatch, click on Learn about frogs, click on Tadpole Exchange Programme and then click on the word more at the bottom of that paragraph. It tells you all about the programme and how to be a part of it. There is a link there that allows you to email directly!
They are planning to upgrade their system in the future so that you can register on line for the Tadpole Exchange Programme, but as yet you have to email them to apply.
Good luck taddie hunting. Let me know how you get on.