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|The Common Toad (Bufo bufo), or European Toad, is widespread throughout Europe, with the exception of Ireland and some Mediterranean islands. Its easterly range extends to Irkutsk in Siberia and its southerly range includes parts of northwestern Africa in the northern mountains of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.|
Adults can grow to 18 cm (7 in) and their skin has a warty appearance and ranges from green to brown. As a defense against predators they secrete a toxic, foul tasting substance called bufagin. This is enough to deter many predators although Grass Snakes and hedgehogs are immune. Although the adults spend most of their time on land the females enter ponds and other still waters to lay their eggs, toadspawn, which can be distinguished from the spawn of the common frog as it forms strings rather than a large mass of eggs. Eggs are laid in the spring, with the females attempting to return to the water in which they were born. The young tadpoles resemble other tadpoles in their appearance except that toadpoles have a larger, rounder blacker head and shorter tail.
Common Toads eat invertebrates such as insects, larvae, spiders, slugs and worms, which they catch on their sticky tongues. Larger toads may also take slow worms, small grass snakes and harvest mice, which are swallowed alive. Toads generally hunt at night, and are most active in wet weather.
Many toads are killed on the roads while migrating to their breeding grounds, in some places special tunnels have been constructed so they can cross under roads and local wildlife groups run toad patrols carrying them across busy crossing points in buckets.
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- [2008-03-12 10:57]
Fotografie reusita, compozitie buna, claritate, culori foarte frumoase!
- [2008-03-12 11:23]
The clarity and sharpness of the image is amazing! I really like your composition, POV and Lighting.
- [2008-03-12 12:24]
Imi place fotografia ta! Imaginea este clara cu detalii bune mai ales pe ochii broastelor. Bine folosita lumina iar modul in care ai obtinut acea transparenta a apei este deosebit.
Toate cele bune,
A perfect shot of this pair of the Common Toad in amplexus position. Lovely and great composition with excelent details, nice DOF, POV and sharpness. TFS.
Pictures of mating frogs from Belgium, photos of mating toads from Romania, and no mating (or even active!) amphibians in central Poland :(
But of course it is nice to see that spring is already present in your region. The picture presents typical pose for this species, but it shows also a rather rarely presented on TN behaviour of this amphibian. NIce to watch, I really hope to see simialar situation in Lodz soon! :)