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Observed: 20th January 2007 By: Murphy
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Found this frog/toad (which is it?) stuck on a rock in my garden pond, it was squashed flat. The pond was completely frozen during December, but the frog was only found recently. Any idea what has happened to it?

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corylus's picture

Dead Frog

Dead frog Rana temporalis longer back legs than toad head and body different shape to toad.Cause of death cat?????

Hazel Trevan

anonymous spotter's picture

It may have been killed -

by a cat, as suggested, but in this sort of case the killer may not be the eater - if you see what I mean. It may even have died of natural causes after such a hard winter, then been scavenged.
At this time of year, it would probably have been making its way to the pond, when land-based predators can strike; or it may have made it to the pond, in which case something that likes water (more than cats usually do) may be to blame.