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Common Toad

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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: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

Common Toad Location

Map of Common Toad Locations
Map of Europe

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.

Common Toad Translations

Català
Gripau comú
Cesky
Ropucha obecná
Deutsch
Erdkröte
English
Common Toad
Español
Sapo común
Français
Crapaud commun
Suomi
Rupikonna
עִבְרִית
קרפדה מצויה
Magyar
Barna varangy
Norsk
Vanlig padde
Polski
Ropucha szara
Português
Bufo bufo
Svenska
Vanlig padda

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First Published: 11th January 2010, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Jan 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Jan 2010]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 11 Jan 2010]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 11 Jan 2010]

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