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Frog

Observed: 17th August 2009 By: moongirl01moongirl01’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesmoongirl01’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptilesmoongirl01’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles
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I know that all Common Frogs have a dark eye patch but was rather confused when I saw this one without the patch. Is it just an unusual Common Frog or if it's a different species, please could someone tell me what it is?

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moongirl01's picture

Thanks for your reply. One

Thanks for your reply. One of the books I have says that all Common Frogs have a dark eye patch so that's why I wanted to double check.

the naturalist man's picture

Common frog

This one had me going for a second. It has many of the features of Southern European pool frogs which have been released over the years in parts of southern England.

The general colouration, the more rounded head, a hint of a pale stripe down the back, apparent very long toes all indicate pool frog.

However, older common frogs often loose the angular shape to the head, they are extremely variable in their colouration (just see the other frogs on iSpot) and the forearms are very thick; the 'green' frogs (pool, marsh etc.) always have more slender forearms. The long toes are a trick of the camera, the foot is side on.

Therefore, the consensus is common frog. However, I have to admit I have only seen pool frogs in the Mediterranean region, I'm not familiar with all the variations especially those from central and northern Europe.

Graham Banwell

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moongirl01's picture

Thanks for your detailed

Thanks for your detailed comments, Graham. I initially thought of pool frog but as I'm not an expert in these matters, I thought I'd better check. All the other frogs I've seen in my garden have had the dark eye patches.

The funny thing is that I saw a frog which looked almost identical to the one in this photo in exactly the same location in the garden today (I wonder if it's the same individual as I haven't seen it for months).

the naturalist man's picture

Same frog

This is a very distinctive frog, I would suggest it probably is the same one. It will have come out of its winter torpor and has, hopefully, been breeding which happens in and around water. Now it has probably finished breeding it has come back to its summer home, your garden.

Graham Banwell

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moongirl01's picture

Re: Same frog

I will have a look to see if it's there again. It's in my front garden (my back garden has a pond and various other water features). The only water in the front garden is in a couple of water bowls and a tray for the birds. The frog in question was in the tray yesterday.

On another note, I spotted far fewer frogs this year coming back to the pond to breed and sadly, one of the females was drowned due to the male's enthusiasm. I wish that I could have saved it but I was too late.