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Common Toad


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Common Toad
Common Toad
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Common Toad
The common toad (also known as the European toad), is a large-sized species of toad that is found throughout Europe. Although the common toad is not found in Iceland or some areas of the Mediterranean, the range of the common toad extends all the water to Siberia and into Northern Africa.

The common toad is generally brown in colour but colours on the skin of the common toad can range from black to green to yellow. The skin of the common toad, as with other toad species, is permeable and has a rough appearance.

The common toad is most active in wet weather and is most commonly found in areas close to water such as woodlands, forests, marshes and meadows. The common toad is also a nocturnal animal, spending the daylight hours resting and hunting by night.

The common toad is an carnivorous animal, and the diet of the common toad therefore only consists of other animals. Insects are the primary source of food for the common toad, as they are caught when in the air by the long sticky tongue of the common toad. The common toad also feasts on other invertebrates such as worms and spiders.

The common toad has a number of predators within its natural environment, mainly due to its relatively small size. Grass snakes, hedgehogs, foxes, cats and birds all commonly prey on the common toad.

The female common toads lay their eggs in the water rather than on the land, in long strings known as toadspawn, The common toad tadpoles hatch into the water where they begin the process of metamorphosis which turns them from tadpole into an adult common toad.


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Common Toad Translations

Catalan Català
Gripau comú
 
Czech Cesky
Ropucha obecná
 
German Deutsch
Erdkröte
 
English English
Common Toad
 
Spanish Español
Sapo común
 
French Français
Crapaud commun
 
Finnish Suomi
Rupikonna
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
קרפדה מצויה
 
Hungarian Magyar
Barna varangy
 
Norwegian Norsk
Vanlig padde
 
Polish Polski
Ropucha szara
 
Portuguese Português
Bufo bufo
 
Swedish Svenska
Vanlig padda
 

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Common Toad Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Amphibia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Anura
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Bufonidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Bufo
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Bufo Bufo
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Amphibian
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
10cm - 18cm (4in - 7in)
Weight:
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...
2 - 4 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Permeable
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forests, woodlands and marshes
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
100
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Worms, Spiders
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Foxes, Grass Snakes, Hedgehogs
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Rough skin and long, agile toes

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