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Observed: 13th February 2011 By: mbf45mbf45’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesmbf45’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesmbf45’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Toads observed paired and spawning in a dune pond (spot the frog trying to join in).

Species interactions

No interactions present.


anonymous spotter's picture

Interesting -

I was told that frogs and toads do not willingly cohabit. This was said to be partly due to toads' preference for larger ponds, but also the chemical signals each species produces.
In recent years, though, I have seen or heard of several instances where they do cohabit. Maybe the old knowledge was wrong, or maybe the pressure on the relatively few remaining ponds is forcing them to do so.

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The pond in question is only about 1-2 m wide and about 3.5 m long. At best it is only about 20 cm deep. I seem to remember reading that toads prefer deeper ponds. However, I do frequently find frogs and toads breeding in the same pond. There were also palmate newts in the same pond so it is a popular pond! In recent years I have also seen newts eating frog spawn.

anonymous spotter's picture


is unfortunately common in the amphibian world, as is downright cannibalism. This would probably still be the case if there were an ample supply of good ponds.