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Yellow-bellied toad

Yellow-bellied toad
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Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-16
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 12:01
Viewed: 3156
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my trip home I was not only hunting for insects. I found also this cute little guy in a spring near Agapia. I was impressed by the shape of the eyes. In fact, I was about to walk on it but I avoided it in the last moment. He was very well camouflated between the river stones.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Suborder: Archaeobatrachia
Family: Bombinatoridae
Genus: Bombina
Species: B. variegata

The larger of the males and females are between 35 and 55 mm, making them very small for Archaeobatrachians. Their top side is grey-brown, often with washed-out, bright spots. Their underside, including the inner sides of the limbs, fingers and toes is grey-blue to black-blue with striking, bright yellow to orange spots or patches, usually covering more than half of the underside. Yellow-bellied toads have a compact body - though not so flat as the related European Fire-bellied Toad - and a rounded snout. The pupils are heart-shaped, with the eardrums not visible. The overside has numerous warts with raised swirls.

The mating call of the males can be heard in late spring and early summer, a dull but melodic "uh... uh... uh" from their mating grounds. As the species does not have a vocal bladder, in contrast to the red-bellied toad, its call is quite gentle.

The yellow-bellied toad is an amphibian closely bound to areas of water. Originally the species typically lived along brooks and rivers. It settled there dependent on the flood dynamic of temporary and continuously shifting small bodies of water. In its replacement habitats in human civilisation it is still dependent on temporary small bodies of water on loamy ground, such as tractor trails, puddles and small ditches. Mostly these areas are bereft of vegetation and free of competing species and predators. Through the quick heating of small bodies of water a rapid development of spawn and larvae is guaranteed. These pioneer species can be found mainly in quarries, clay- and gravel-pits and on marching grounds.

The superior mobility of the young of the species allows spontaneous settlement of newly discovered living spaces. On land the creatures look for hiding places under stones, dead wood and in the furrows and crevices of rocks. The yellow-bellied toad dwells in mountainous and hilly countries in middle and southern Europe. It is widely spread across the high hill area of middle and southern Germany and the Upper Rhine River Plains, but in few places.

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nice closeup, TFS Ori

Buna Oana,
O captura interesanta si un specimen pe care nu l-am mai intalnit.
Interesanta si forma pupilei ochilor, triunghiulara s-au mai degraba in forma de inima.

I admit that the thing that struck me of this photo was the laying of the toad then, watching it better, the richness of detail, the color, etc., did the rest.

Hello Oana
nice to see your new posts again. this is rare toad species here. you nicely captured it from fronto-lateral POV and with nice focus. details great, especially card shaped eye-iris.
DOF and exposure/light using very nice, as like composition and colors. thanks for sharing, well done

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-12 5:06]

Bonjour Oana,
Now you are working with your new camera and I like what you show us. This picture is well composed and has a very homogenous coloration. You put the focus on the eye of the toad and the rest of the body is fading slowly towards behind, a concept I like too. Nice framing too. Just keep photographing!
Kind regards

Buna Oana,
Frumoasa imagine mai ales datorita campului de profunzime ales, cu focus foarte bun si culori naturale. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-09-13 3:28]

Hello Oana,
A very fine close-up of the Yellow-bellied Toad with good focus on the eye. Great details and colours. I didn't realize it had yellow tips to the toes!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-13 4:43]

Buna Oana

Imi pare bine sa vad niste fotografii noi de la tine, in special de "acasa" :)
Foarte frumos macro-ul asta cu exemplarul tau de B. variegata, prezentat intr-o lumina foarte buna. Intr-adevar, forma ochilor lui - si in special a pupilei - e oarecum tipica genului, si imi place si mie, dar pe langa aia, imi palce ca se vede putin si din acel galben strident de pe gusa si abdomen - un detaliu tipic speciei.
Foarte buna imagine.

Bravo si TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-17 9:57]

Hi Oana.
What a cute frog and portrait. I like how well you have used aperture. Details of the face are ultimate and blurriness of the BG is fine. FS and best wishes.

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