To listen to this article, please select Control + Shift + Z to launch the pop-up player.

Browser out-of-date!

You are using an out-of-date web browser, to avoid problems when using A-Z Animals and other sites we strongly recommend you upgrade to the latest version of your web browser!
Get Firefox Get Google Chrome Get Opera Get Microsoft Internet Explorer Get Apple Safari
Remove Advertising
A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources

Animals >>

Pool Frog


 Add to Phobia Filter  Contribute  Print  Listen
Pool Frog
Pool Frog
Pool Frog
Pool Frog
Pool Frog
The pool frog (also known as the northern pool frog) is a species of medium-sized frog natively found in parts of northern Europe. The pool frog is the rarest amphibian in England and actually is thought to have been extinct in native environment during the 1990s, but re-introduction programmes are now under-way.

The northern pool frog is naturally found in Sweden, Norway and on Britain's south-east coast where it inhabits natural ponds found in forested or heathland areas. Much of the pool frog's native habitat has now been bulldozed to create housing estates which led to the sharp decline and extinction of this species on the British Isles.

The pool frog is a medium sized frog that is generally brown or brownish-green in colour with a splattering of dark spots across it's skin. Pool frogs are also easily identified by their sharply pointed heads and by the two, lightly coloured stripes that run down either side of the pool frog's back.

Frogs are well known for their webbed feet, and the pool frog is no exception. Pool frogs have webbing (flaps of skin) between their toes which not only assists the pool frog when swimming about in the water but also gives these rare amphibians more grip when climbing about on the slippery banks of the pond.

Like other frog species, pool frogs are carnivorous animals, surviving on a diet that consists only of other animals. Pool frogs eat a wide variety of invertebrates including insects, worms and spiders which they catch using their long sticky tongue, after having watching their dinner patiently for some time.

Due to their large size and semi-aquatic lifestyle, there are numerous different animals which prey on pool frogs in their natural environment. Birds and small mammals are the most common predators of the pool frog, along with foxes, cats, dogs and even larger birds of prey.

Female pool frogs spawn (lay hundreds of eggs) in the warmer spring months, which float on the surface of the water in a sticky clump. When they hatch, the pool frog tadpoles drop into the water where they continue to develop, eventually losing their tails and growing legs enabling them to hop in and out of the water.

Today, the pool frog is one of the rarest animals in the UK with the last remaining natural population thought to have disappeared from East Anglia in 1995. Extensive re-introduction programmes are under-way in undisclosed locations across the country to try and bring back one of our rarest predators.


Pool Frog Comments (3)

WoE

"I know it lays eggs but where ??????????"

WoE

"Dude who ever picks out these pictures they are so narly thanks for the help and research A-Z YOU ARE CREATIVE AND SOO INFORMATIONAL!"

kacey

"this stuff is really cool.I didn't know there was so much stuff to learn about 1 frog. now i will know if i see this frog in Europe i will say "hey I know what that kind of frog that is.That is a Pool frog"."


Post Comment

Your Name:

Article Rating:

Your Comment:


Article Tools

Print Article
View printer friendly version of Pool Frog article.
 
Listen to Article
Listen to audio version of Pool Frog article. Hot key: CTRL key + Shift key + Z key

Pool Frog 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...
Ranidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Pelophylax
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Pelophylax Lessonae
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...
5cm - 9cm (1.9in - 3.5in)
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...
1 - 6 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...
Brown, Green, Black, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Permeable
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland ponds
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
1,500
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Moths, Spiders
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Foxes, Cats, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Spotted patterned skin and pointed snout

Related Animals

African Clawed FrogAfrican Clawed Frog
A particularly ferocious amphibian!
Burrowing FrogBurrowing Frog
Found close to marshes, streams and lakes!
Common FrogCommon Frog
Found throughout the European continent!
Darwin's FrogDarwin's Frog
Camouflages itself as a dead leaf!
FrogFrog
There are around 5,000 different species!
Horned FrogHorned Frog
Natively found in South America!
Marsh FrogMarsh Frog
Has bright green skin!