Where to find them
Possibly our most recognisable amphibian, the common frog is distributed
and can be found in almost any habitat where suitable breeding ponds are
Garden ponds are extremely important for common frogs and
many populations in suburban areas depend on them.
Common frogs have smooth moist skin. Frogs are often found close to fresh water
in habitats that remain damp throughout
the summer. Outside of the breeding season they can roam
up to 500 metres from a breeding pond.
Adults can grow to 9cm (nose to tail). They
are generally a
shade or olive-green or brown, with a dark patch (or 'mask') behind the eyes.
Frogs often have
bands of darker striping on the back legs. Many
individuals have irregular dark markings on the back. Colouration
is extremely variable: yellow, pink, red, orange and black individuals
are often reported to our
takes place during early spring, starting in the south of Britain as
early as January. Tadpoles generally take up to sixteen weeks to
grow back legs, then front legs before they metamorphose into tiny froglets, ready
to leave the water in early summer (often June, but in some ponds this
may be as late as September).
'Mature' tadpoles are faintly
speckled with a gold/brown colouration which distinguishes them from the black
tadpoles of the common toad. Common frogs feed on a variety of
invertebrate prey, slugs and snails particularly. This makes them very beneficial to gardeners.
In Great Britain
and Northern Ireland,
the common frog (and its spawn) is protected by law from trade and