• Common Toad ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad ball, males around 1 female ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad ball, males around 1 female ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toads in amplexus ©R.Winnall

    Common Toads in amplexus ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toads in amplexus  ©N.Winnall

    Common Toads in amplexus ©N.Winnall

  • Common Toads, in amplexus with spawn ©R.Winnall

    Common Toads, in amplexus with spawn ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toads in amplexus with spawn ©R.Winnall

    Common Toads in amplexus with spawn ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad with spawn near frog spawn ©R.Winnall

    Common Toad with spawn near frog spawn ©R.Winnall

  • Common Toad, strings of spawn  ©N.Winnall

    Common Toad, strings of spawn ©N.Winnall

  • Common Toads, male and female heads ©R.Winnall

    Common Toads, male and female heads ©R.Winnall

Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

Common Toads are often encountered singly outside the breeding season, especially at night. Toads differ from frogs in having shorter legs, so they tend to walk or make small hops. They have warty skins which can produce toxins when the animal is threatened. The males are much smaller than the females.

They have certain breeding ponds which they use every year, often arriving in large numbers over a few days in February or March. The males produce a high pitched call that is quite different to the croaking of frogs. The males outnumber the females, often resulting in ‘toad balls’ of males around a female in the breeding season. The spawn is laid over a period of time in long strings of jelly about 2 metres long which is often wound round plants. The tadpoles hatch after about 2 weeks and differ from those of frogs by being completely black.

See MOVIE below showing toads at breeding pool.

Published 31st August 2011 at 12:12 am

Classified: Amphibians, Database, Toads