Can The Croaking Of Frogs Be Regarded As Noise Pollution?
Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Ephraim Iyodo
Frogs do croak instinctively inorder to communicate, They do croak either during the day or night but do these croaks of theirs, cause noise pollution to the human community or not.
Well, that can be argued since it is their adaptive behaviour.
But if an army “group of frogs” do croak at a time, that can be so noisy to any living being.
Noise Of Croaking Frogs
A single frog’s croak cannot make a hell of noise but when it comes to group of frogs (army) croaking simultaneously, it can tingle one’s hearing and can be said to be a source of noise.
Male frogs call (croak) to attract females to mate and protect territories from rival males. Females of some frog species prefer lower calls, indicating larger and more experienced males.
In almost all species of frogs, the males often croak. In fact, that noise you hear in your backyard pond, local creek or dam is a sweet siren call — male frogs calling to attract female frogs.
Because each species has a different sound call, you can determine the species of frog just by listening closely.
The sound of frog calls is familiar to most of us, and the typical calls we hear from frogs are known as “advertisement calls” these are male frogs advertising themselves as potential mates, hoping that female frogs will like their song and come to meet them.
Because the purpose of the encounter is to reproduce, male frogs usually go into or near water (ponds, dams, streams, and wetlands), where eggs are most often laid and tadpoles develop.
Some frogs go into the water, some on nearby rocks or the shore, and others on trees or land nearby.
Different kinds of frogs breed in different kinds of water bodies, so it’s not surprising that different kinds of frogs are called from different kinds of water bodies.
The bright yellow male Wilcox’s Frog (Litoria wilcoxii), calls from nearby rocky streams.
The orange tree frog (Litoria xathomera) usually calls from trees around temporary ponds, and the common eastern frog (Crinia signifera) calls from shallow swamps, flooded puddles, and submerged glass.