I’ve just been out in the garden, because I noticed that there was some ice on our pond. I knew the temperature was supposed to be somewhere in the minus figures last night, but I didn’t expect the ice to still be there! Still, I got a bit of garden cane and started prodding at the ice, generally breaking it up a little whilst trying not to disturb the fish as much as I could! Then I went over to look at our other pond. I’d kinda forgotten about it, largely because there aren’t any fish in it to worry about. The ice was really thick on that pond though, I guess because it hasn’t got any running water at the moment. So I started prodding there too, trying to break the ice. I reckon it must have been a good inch thick in places! What was even more surprising was that as soon as I started bashing it, two frogs appeared, trying frantically to get some air! So of course I tried even harder to break the ice, and made a few little open areas in various parts of the pond. The frogs got a breath of air each and vanished again, presumably satisfied for now. I’m just amazed that they can survive down there, and that they aren’t frozen themselves! After all, I’ve no idea how long the ice has been frozen over. I didn’t expect frogs to be able to hold their breath for days on end, I thought it was just a few minutes at a time, but for the ice to have got that thick it must have been an accumulation of a couple of days. Poor little frogs. I’m gonna have to make sure I go out regularly now to make sure they can breathe!

Categories: Miscellaneous


Alex · 19 December 2005 at 6:16 pm

Isn’t there a layer of air beneath the ice on a frozen pond? – Didn’t Harry Houdini use this for his escapism acts?

Then again I could be talking charactisic rubbish again….

Nic · 7 January 2009 at 6:28 pm

The frogs will have been hibernating at the bottom of the pond, and so able to go for months without fresh air. But the shocks you were putting through the ice and water will have stunned them into consciousness and therefore needing fresh air. That puts them at greater risk cos their fat reserves get burnt up quicker too until they’re able to re-hibernate.

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