How common is this?
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how common is this?
frosted or definitely alive?
You do see this occasionally although it's not common and the spawn isn't usually successful. The black pigment protects the embryos from UV radiation. If the tadpoles do hatch, they are usually easily picked off by predators as they are easy to spot, so it's extremely rare to find an adult albino frog.
I have some (low res) pictures of an albino frog and a nice clump of "albino" spawn sent from a garden pond in Slough, but it's not something I have ever seen myself.
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It's a shame you can't post pictures in the forum. I have seen an adult albino common toad, but never a frog.
Couple of nice photos just appeared on Wild About Britain of a similar frog / frogspawn.
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