A look at the natterjack toad

A look at the natterjack toad


Posted 7th Aug 2017


Following the photos of the rare natterjack toadlets taken at RSPB The Lodge, we take a quick look at the fascinating creatures

1 Natterjacks are smaller than the common toad, which is their cousin - adults will only reach 6 - 7 cm in length. When they initially emerge from the water after growing from tadpoles into their adult form, the toadlets will be no bigger than a fingernail.

2 A yellow stripe running down their back makes them easy to distinguish from common toads. They also have a wart and stripe pattern which is akin to a fingerprint - each one is unique to the individual.

3 Adults are mainly nocturnal, and are typically heard more often they they are seen - their mating calls can be heard from over a kilometre away.

4 During the daytime, toads will shelter in burrows of beneath objects lying on the ground. They will come out after dark to hunt beetles and other insects, with invertebrates comprising the bulk of their diet.

Image courtesy of Ben Andrew - information courtesy of RSPB





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