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Common Toad

Observed: 15th March 2010 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileslpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptileslpearce’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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Description:

Can this been confirmed as either a Toad or Frog?
I have not seen Red or Black Frogs before.
You can see from my http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/114570?nav=users_observations I had problems identifying a red frog.
This black one I thought was a toad, from the skin texture, now think it might be a black frog but am not sure at all now.

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Syrphus's picture

It is easy to read about

It is easy to read about warty/smooth skin as the difference, but sometimes frogs appear to have a roughish skin and confuse some people. However, one thing that is totally objective and shows no variation is the presence of paratoid glands on the head of the Toad. These are the large oval swellings just behind the eyes. Once you know about these, you need never doubt again, nor worry about whether it is hopping or jumping, smooth or warty. They show very well in your lower left picture.

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anonymous spotter's picture

The eyes -

are also distinctive (and to my mind, beautiful).