Amphibians and Reptiles

Amphibians and Reptiles - UK and Ireland : With just 13 species native to Britain, you might think this group is straightforward, but as well as the popular garden toads and frogs there are some very rare species and some identification challenges. You may also encounter a few introduced specie

With just 13 species native to Britain, you might think this group is straightforward, but as well as the popular garden toads and frogs there are some very rare species and some identification challenges. You may also encounter a few introduced species, and a number of marine turtles can be found in our seas and along our shores.

Reptiles can be found in many habitats, and although amphibians require access to water in order to breed, they too occur in a variety of habitats. Some of the rarer species are confined to particular wild habitats, such as heaths or sand-dunes.

The word "herptiles" is sometimes used to mean the combination of amphibians and reptiles together.

Identification

Identification is usually based on appearance, including colour, shape and size, and type of movement. The animals' habitat and behaviour can provide additional clues, and a few of the amphibians produce characteristic sounds.

Photography for identification

Most reptiles are wary of humans, so it can be difficult to get near to them for photography. Frogs and toads are easier to observe, but newts are a challenge as they are rarely encountered out of water.

Try to get photos from more than one angle if you can, and give an indication of size and habitat.

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26 Sep 2008
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