Metropolitan Frogs’ Struggle: Noise and Lights Discourage Natural Habits

Surveys have revealed that increased human sound and light pollution in urban areas can have a negative impact on certain frog species during their breeding season.

According to a study published in Urban Ecosystems, green frogs (Lithobates clamitans) and gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) surveyed in Syracuse, New York, and its surrounding suburbs showed decreased occupancy rates in areas with higher levels of light and noise pollution.

The study, led by TWS member Jason Luscier and his colleagues, involved multiple surveys during the breeding seasons of 2018, specifically focusing on the evenings in June and July.

The researchers found that gray treefrogs exhibited a greater aversion to human-caused light and noise compared to green frogs.


The reasons for this aversion are not entirely clear, but it is speculated that noise pollution may hinder the frogs’ ability to hear potential mates or detect approaching predators.

Additionally, light pollution may make it easier for predators to locate the frogs.

The study’s findings have implications for urban planning and policy. Luscier suggests that measures such as implementing urban lighting with LED bulbs, turning off lights during vulnerable breeding seasons, and using lights with movement sensors and shields on street lamps could help mitigate the impact of light and noise pollution on wildlife.

The researchers have communicated their results to the city government in Syracuse, aiming to inform future policy and promote the implementation of measures to minimize the negative effects of urban light and noise pollution on wildlife.

What Things Should You Keep In Mind Before Cohabiting Frogs Together?

Before cohabiting frogs, it is important to consider several factors to ensure their peaceful coexistence.

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Firstly, it is essential to confirm that the chosen frogs are social and not solitary, as solitary frogs are not suitable for sharing a tank with others.

Secondly, compatibility between the frogs is crucial. Some species thrive in groups of their own kind, and if a frog does not exhibit friendliness toward other species, it should not be housed with them.

Thirdly, the environmental requirements of the frogs should align. Frogs sharing the same tank should have similar environmental needs.

For example, a frog accustomed to a warm environment cannot cohabit peacefully with a frog from a cold area.

Lastly, the temperament and size of the selected frogs should be taken into consideration. If these factors are not compatible, the frogs may not live peacefully together. Learn more here, What Frogs Can Live Together Peacefully? [Pair Combinations].

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