The common frog is arguably Britain's best known amphibian. Although typically brown or greyish, their colouration is extremely variable. The common frog is largely terrestrial outside the breeding season but must find water in order to reproduce in spring. Males arrive at breeding pools before females, returning to the water where they metamorphosed by following scents. Males will jostle to attach themselves to suitable mates and can remain clasped to her for days or weeks before spawning – known as amplexus. Temperature affects the frogspawn development but it usually takes two to four weeks to hatch.
How to identify UK amphibians.
Scientific name: Rana temporaria
The following habitats are found across the Common frog distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The common frog, Rana temporaria, also known as the European common frog or European common brown frog, is found throughout much of Europe as far north as well north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals, except for most of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The farthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it has long been thought erroneously to be an entirely introduced species.
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