Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wildlife: European Tree Frog

The European Tree Frog Hyla arborea (aka Common Tree Frog) is fairly widespread and locally common on mainland Europe. It has however declined in the northern parts of its range. It is a smooth-skinned, long-legged, photogenic amphibian with disc-shaped toe-pads that it uses to cling to vertical surfaces. Females are larger than males, reaching a maximum of 6cm in length. They are found in trees, but despite the name, often live in reed-beds, too. In the spring they visit ponds and marshes to breed. Most are lime-green in colour, but this can change according to the environment they are in.

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