Toads & Frogs

And here’s one I prepared earlier, well not really I haven’t qualified for my broomstick yet! A few more trips to Dayagon Alley are needed 🙂

What I really mean to say is that I took these two pictures in early spring but omitted to post them. Spring is a good time to see frogs & toads, they are busy mating or looking for a mate. This couple were certainly very busy:

_MG_0227-03Apr08-Edit-2   Common Toads (Bufo bufo) – mating

I so nearly trod on them whilst looking up for a bird, fancy that, making out on a track in broad daylight, the shock of it. Seriously though, Toads get quite determined, the smaller male climbs onto the female’s back and holds on tight – he doesn’t want any other males to dislodge him before he’s sure that he’s fertilised the eggs. This mating position is called amplexus and as is the case with our happy couple above, sometimes a female is ambushed before she reaches her watery spawning site. Toad spawn is laid in strings, as opposed to the clumps that are typical of frog spawn.

For comparison here is a picture of a common frog:

_MG_0609-02Mar08-pcopy-2   Common Frog (Rana temporaria)

I thought he looked rather shocked & lonely and it turned out I was correct … he was the survivor of a young grey heron’s attempts at clearing many frogs from this damp area.


Trivia Fact: Did you know that Common Toads can live up to 40 years of age.


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