Common Frog

Common Frog

In the last week the first Frogs have appeared from their hibernation to meet and spawn in the Park Centre’s pond. Many will have spent the winter under the water in the mud at the bottom of the pond, covered in a layer of  protective slime. When they first emerge they are very soft with a rounder shape and a darker colour than normal. The images are of one such frog which was collecting its strength before joining the mass spawning.

Common Frog

Common Frog

Their favourite location is in the small overflow section of the pond where the water is shallow and full of weed. The temperature here is slightly higher and this is the attraction. Unfortunately this area is prone to drying out in the summer and as a consequence the spawn will be relocated in to the main pond as soon as the activity dies down, but before the tadpoles hatch out.

Frogs and spawn

Frogs and spawn

The  first Toads have just started to arrive but not yet to spawn. They tend to congregate in different areas, preferring the deeper water.

Frog spawn

Frog spawn

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