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Frog; Tailless amphibian - Smooth skin
Tends to jump not walk
Horizontal ovoid pupil
Dorsal surface and flanks, Very variable in colour, typically yellowish brown, brown but may be olive green coloured and some individuals have a reddish or yellow appearance. Variably spotted or striped.
Ventral surface, Males, dirty white or pale yellow, speckled with grey or brown; females pale yellow to orange
The most consistent markings are the dark patch behind the eye and the strong barring on the hind limbs.
Length: 6 - 9 cm
Sexing; Some variation in belly colouration between the sexes, as mentioned. Males are generally smaller than females.
Frogs lay their eggs in water or wet places. A floating clump of eggs is called frog spawn.
The large and slippery mass of eggs are too big to be eaten. This is nature's way of protecting them. But, the smaller clumps of eggs will be eaten by the creatures living near or in the pond.
The egg begins as a single cell. Several thousand are sometimes laid at once. It becomes surrounded by a jellylike covering, which protects the egg. The female may or may not stay with the eggs to take care of the young after she has laid them. The egg slowly develops. But, only a few develop into adults. Ducks, fish, insects, and other water creatures eat the eggs.
This little chappie was hopping round my garden, searching for his supper !!
October 12th, 2012
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