21st March 2017

Common Toads, rejoicing under the Latin name Bufo Bufo, seldom appear in our garden nowadays but in Monyash (White Peak) they have notices up asking people to take care not to drive over the many Toads walking their yearly route back to the village pond, to mate. They mate slightly later than Frogs, but like frogs, the smaller male (on average up to 8cm) use what is known as the ‘amplexus hold’ to gr[p the larger female (up to 13cm) during mating. Wartier than Frogs, with a horizontally-split eye, I will do a direct comparison another day. The spawn, yet to appear, is laid in a lace, not a ‘blobby mass

Toad, Monyash Village Pond

Toads, mating , Monyash Village Pond

Toad, Monyash Village Pond

‘ like that of the Frog.- on my trip south from tomorrow I will try to seek out some spawn for another blog. Conditions: Sunny, breezy following wild and wet weather. Temperature: Max 8- Min 4c.

Advertisements

8th June 2016

Common Toad- going under the wonderful Latin name of Bufo Bufo, we were lucky to see a Toad in Monyash (Peak District) as, though widespread throughout Britain, Toad numbers have declined rapidly in recent years. This is partly due to loss of pond breeding sites and partly through roads and traffic disrupting their migration routes each spring as they travel to ponds to breed. We rescued this one by moving it from a busy road. Walking rather than hopping, they are more subdued in colour than Frogs, and have a warty skin which exudes toxins to deter predators, some of which, like Otters, know to avoid eating the skin. Conditions: The sweltering conditions continue. Temperature: Max 21- min 11C

Common Toad

Common Toad

IMG_0852

Toads have horizontal, split pupils

Toads have horizontal, split pupils