Common Frog

Rana temporaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Adult frogs are slender and smooth skinned, with dark patches behind the eyes and long, striped hind legs which are used to hop. Colours vary enormously - most are green, brown or grey, but sometimes yellow or red Common Frogs can be found. Eggs are laid in clumps of up to 2,000 in shallow water, with tadpoles emerging from around 3 weeks.

Common Frog

Identification

Adult frogs are slender and smooth skinned, with dark patches behind the eyes and long, striped hind legs which are used to hop. Colours vary enormously - most are green, brown or grey, but sometimes yellow or red Common Frogs can be found. Eggs are laid in clumps of up to 2,000 in shallow water, with tadpoles emerging from around 3 weeks.

FAMILY

Ranidae

LATIN NAME

Rana temporaria

TYPE

Amphibians

Widespread across the UK, breeding in ponds in the spring. They can be found in woodlands, gardens and meadows throughout the rest of the year.

Farmland, Garden, Grassland, Wetlands, Woodland

A variety of invertebrates including flies, worms, slugs and snails.

They can be seen from spring to autumn. In the winter Common Frogs hibernate at the bottom of ponds, at the bottom of compost heaps or under logs.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
LENGTH (CM)

8-13

WEIGHT (G)

22

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

5-10 years

iucn Status
lc

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