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|The common toad (Bufo bufo) or European toad is widespread throughout Europe, with the exception of Ireland and some Mediterranean islands. Its easterly range extends to Irkutsk in Siberia and its southerly range includes parts of northwestern Africa in the northern mountains of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.|
Adults can grow to 18 cm (7 in) and their skin has a warty appearance and ranges from green to brown. (This is an adult about 15 cm)
Toads generally hunt at night, and are most active in wet weather. As a defense against predators they secrete a toxic, foul tasting substance called bufagin. This is enough to deter many predators although grass snakes and hedgehogs are immune. Although the adults spend most of their time on land the females enter ponds and other still waters to lay their eggs, toadspawn, which can be distinguished from the spawn of the common frog as it forms strings rather than a large mass of eggs. Eggs are laid in the spring, with the females attempting to return to the water in which they were born. The young tadpoles resemble other tadpoles in their appearance except that toadpoles have a larger, rounder blacker head and shorter tail.
Young common toads eat ants and some small flies. Adult common toads eat invertebrates such as insects, larvae, spiders, slugs and worms, which they catch on their sticky tongues. Larger toads may also take small reptiles and rodents, which are swallowed alive.
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nice capture of this common toad
Great shot of this common toad.
Good low-down POV and composition
- [2009-08-03 9:54]
Impresive guy and nice shot.Regards.Alin.
Impresionante imagen de este batracio que no conocía. Buenos colores y muy bien captadas las texturas.
Saludos Nikos: Josep Ignasi
You have captured this toad in a great pose, displaying some fine details to appreciate. The texture of the skin and on the body is clearly visible and indeed lovely to look at. I really like the pop out eyes. The bronze colour of the eye is very striking. Kind regards