Our animal of the day is the Common Frog. While you may think them pretty common, there are actually a ton of interesting things about the Common Frog that deserve some recognition.
Here’s everything you need to know about this common amphibian.
- The Common Frog comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from green to brown to red or yellow.
- They have smooth skin, a dark mask behind the eye, and long, dark-banded back legs
- Common Frogs breed in ponds in the spring and spend the majority of the year foraging in woodlands, gardens, hedgerows, and tussocky grassland.
- They are common backyard pond residents, where they lay their eggs in large ‘rafts’ of spawn.
- Common frogs consume a diverse array of invertebrates and even tiny amphibians.
- Common frogs provide an appealing diet for a wide variety of species, making them vulnerable to predators on the land, underwater, and from the air.
- Small mammals, reptiles, and snakes, as well as water shrews, otters, and birds such as herons, are their predators.
- During the breeding season, male frogs create a low purring sound to lure females, who are generally silent. Their spawn (group of eggs) looks like jelly and is laid in clumps in freshwater.
- Male common frogs have nuptial pads on their front foot to assist them in grasping females during the breeding season.
- A female frog can lay up to 4,000 eggs in a single spring!
- According to the weather, frogs can spawn as early as December or as late as April. Tadpoles metamorphosis into froglets after hatching in approximately 14 weeks.
so how long does it take for a tadpole to grow into a frog
I LOVE froggies!! Always have! Even bought a glass terrarium years ago and had a couple – “Lord and Lady Fennimore.” I hoped they would mate, but no such luck.
Thanks for sharing