Common Frog
Amphibians, Animals

Scientific name: Rana temporaria

Common Frogs are amphibians, coming to ponds to breed during the spring and spending much of the rest of the year feeding on dry land, in woodland, gardens, hedgerows and tussocky grassland. Frogs are a familiar inhabitant of garden ponds, where they lay their eggs in big clumps of spawn. They feed on a variety of invertebrates and smaller amphibians. Females are bigger than males.

Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.
Specific name:
Rana temporaria
Near ponds
Length 8cm Average

How to identify

Colour can vary enormously from green to brown and even red or yellow. Typically brown or grey with smooth skin and long back legs covered in dark bands. Hops and jumps rather than walks.

Where to find it

A common and widespread species found throughout the country, except for some Scottish islands, some of the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.