26th March 2016

Frogs are mating in our neighbours pond again (they tend to avoid ours, probably because of the mass of Smooth Newts, which eat the spawn). There are about 40 Frogs, some in a mating ball, others in pairs. The smaller, male Frog climbs on the female’s back, and grips her round her body in a position called ‘amplexus’, sometimes staying that way for days and fertilising the masses of eggs as they are laid, with around one in fifty surviving through to adulthood. Conditions: After a beautiful warm, sunny day yesterday, today is cool, windy and wet. Temperature: Max 12- Min 4c.

Masses of spawn

Masses of spawn

Mating Frogs

Mating Frogs

Frog's beautiful eye

Frog’s beautiful eye

A Frog mating-ball

A Frog mating-ball and spawn

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