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Common Frog

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A Common Frog in a rabbit run
Common Frog
Female Common Frog (Rana temporaria) in a pond
The Common Frog (Rana temporaria) also known as the European Common Frog or European Common Brown Frog
The common frog is a medium-sized species of frog that inhabits a wide range of habitats across much of Europe. Although the common frog is not as commonly seen in our gardens as it once was, the common frog still appears to be surviving effectively within its environment and is not considered to be an animal that is currently at risk from extinction.

The common frog is found throughout the European continent, with the range of the common frog stretching from Ireland in the east to the mountains in western Russia. The common from is also found in parts of Scandinavia that actually lie within the cold Arctic Circle.

The common frog tends to grow to between 6 cm and 10 cm in length. The common frog has dark blotches that run down its back, with the body of the common frog ranging from green, to brown, to grey in colour. The common frog is said to be able to change its skin tone in order to fit in more effectively in its surroundings.

Like many other frog species, the common frog has webbed toes and eyes on the top of its head, in order to better equip the common frog for its aquatic lifestyle. The male common frog can also be distinguished from the female, by a small swelling that appears on one of his toes during the mating season.

The common frog is a carnivorous animal and the majority of the common frog's diet consists of small invertebrates such as insects and spiders. The common frog also hunts larger invertebrates including worms and snails that are present in the common frog's woodland or marshland habitat.

Due to its small size, the common frog often has numerous predators within its natural environment. The common frog is eaten by various animal species that includes foxes, cats, birds, snakes and even some large fish.

Common frogs tend to breed in the early spring, when mating takes place in calm, shallow pools of water. The female common frog lays up to 2,000 eggs in a sticky cluster that floats on the water's surface, known as frogspawn. Once developed the common frog tadpoles emerge into the water where they are fully aquatic until they metamorphose into adult common frogs and are able to leave the water.

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Common Frog Translations

Bulgarian български език
Планинска жаба
Catalan Català
Granota roja
Czech Cesky
Skokan hnědý
Danish Dansk
Butsnudet frø
German Deutsch
English English
Common Frog
Spanish Español
Rana temporaria
Estonian Eesti
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Grenouille rousse
Hungarian Magyar
Gyepi béka
Italian Italiano
Rana temporaria
Japanese 日本語
Dutch Nederlands
Bruine kikker
Norwegian Norsk
Vanlig frosk
Polish Polski
Żaba trawna
Swedish Svenska
Vanlig groda
Chinese 中文

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Common Frog Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Rana Temporaria
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
6cm - 10cm (2.4in - 4in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
20g - 80g (0.7oz - 2.8oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
8km/h (5mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
5 - 10 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Green, Grey, Brown
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Insects
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forests, rivers and marshes
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Worms, Snails
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Foxes, Snakes, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Short back legs and webbed toes

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