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Common Toads are at last on the move

Observed: 22nd February 2011 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileslpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileslpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
Common Toad
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The first toad we have seen this year spring is on the way.
Each year we record the first sighting and this is midway in the range we tend to see them up here.
Previous years the first sightings in Badnaban were 2006 12 March,
2007 28 January, 2008 17 February, 2009 16 February, 2010 5 March

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miked's picture

quite unusual to see so many

quite unusual to see so many spots

anonymous spotter's picture

In the latest British Wildlife -

there is an update on the chytrid disease that is potentially going to cause a sharp decline. Common toads are likely to suffer badly, I think.
There is some stuff about this at:
http://www.arguk.org

lpearce's picture

Thanks for that,

Last night we moved more toads and frogs from the road so they are definitely on the move.

I have added a second photograph of one that did not look like the others. I assume it is a toad, but the skin was an odd reddish brown colour and much smoother than the others. It also was bigger and looked 'bloated'.

I only manage this morning to look at Amphibian Ark website - http://www.amphibianark.org/the-crisis/chytrid-fungus/.

Now wondering about chytridiomycosis any ideas??

Les Pearce
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miked's picture

The toad on the right of the

The toad on the right of the right-hand photo is actually a rather nice reddy-brown frog. In the classic UK herp text, Malcolm Smith writes that Scotland is 'noted' for its red-coloured frogs. [comment from amphib expert not me]

anonymous spotter's picture

I added a note -

to the Forum discussion before looking at the new picture. Miked is right - that one is a frog indeed.

lpearce's picture

Thanks everyone

I agree the second photograph is of a red Frog not a toad, shows the value of iSpot!!

Les Pearce
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