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Just Grinning in the Rain!

By teocali
A very obliging wild Common Frog (Rana temporaria), taken in our garden a couple of days ago, from a very low POV (during which process I got very wet!)

Although called the common frog, this species is now becoming much less common in Britain, especially in rural areas. The widespread use of insecticides, and the diminishing number of breeding ponds has greatly reduced their numbers.

The colour of these frogs can vary a lot (see photos above), but the majority are olive-green with black patches. In addition to this camouflage colouring they have eyes and nostrils on top of their heads. This allows them to see and breathe while keeping most of their body hidden underwater.

Many frogs find refuge in urban gardens, but here too there are threats to the frogs survival. Domestic cats pose a danger, and also eating slugs, which have been poisoned by slug pellets.

The breeding season runs from January through to April, although some frogs will continue spawning until late summer. The bloated frog in the photo above is ready to spawn - hence the appearance.

Each female lays up to 2000 eggs (called frogspawn) in water. Only about 1 in 1,000 will survive to become a mature adult. After three or four weeks, the eggs hatch into tadpoles, which look like little fish. They breathe oxygen from the water through a pair of gills located just behind the head. (

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always much appreciated Smile

Tags: Rain Close-up Frog Garden Amphibian Common Rana temporaria Wildlife and nature Grinning Obliging

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 1:22PM
wouldnt want to try and find out if this one would change into a prince ..Wink
Great image

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
19 Oct 2012 1:44PM
My, what big eyes you've got SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Carol
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Oct 2012 2:08PM
You must have been lying flat out on the wet deck for this one but what a great shot to capture, Sylvia.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
19 Oct 2012 2:24PM
Excellent capture. Wonderful detail in him..............Sandy
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
19 Oct 2012 3:01PM
He is a vey handsome fella Sylvia. Who gets to kiss this one I wonder???
lovely detail great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 3:43PM
He has one heck of a six packWink
Tibetan 5 3 England
19 Oct 2012 3:48PM
Nice macro shot good detail, like that we get hundreds of frogs like them, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
HenB 9 1
19 Oct 2012 3:59PM
Great shot . Taken from the only place that would give it this wooomph.
Regards Harry
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 4:20PM
A wonderful photo Sylvia, especially like the low POV, great work

Greyheron 16 282 7 England
19 Oct 2012 5:02PM
Well worth getting wet for Sylvia - I'll have to introduce you to groundsheets next time we're out Wink watch the comments flood in Tongue

Stay dry...if you can...

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
19 Oct 2012 5:11PM
A 'wide-mouthed' frog if I ever I saw one GrinGrin Great low view, Sylvia.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:42PM
I wouldn't like him to come sit on my foot but I do find frogs quite appealing, no idea why - unless in a previous world I was a princessWinkWinkWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
20 Oct 2012 1:45PM
Excellent eye contact and low PoV Sylvia, I can't imagine epzer gary_d volunteering to give her a big kiss! lol Wink
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
20 Oct 2012 6:01PM
Good find and capture Sylvia, they don't stand a chance in our garden.....If the cats don't get em, the hedgehogs do Sad

MossyOak 6 22 15 England
21 Oct 2012 2:50PM
Excellent and thoroughly wild in nature Sylvia. This is leaps above those staged shots you see all the time

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