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ben rigsby
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Joined: 27 Apr 2010
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Posted: 15 Sep 2010
hi gang,

i was tempted to put this post under smooth newt or palmate.
simply because theres been no fresh input there for months! what a pity.
however its probably most approriate here.

now and again i see a slowie but thats it for reptiles here in my city garden.

however, despite being surrounded by felines (2 doors down has 10 eg), amphibians still do really well around here. the abundance of predatory felis is perhaps compensated for by the lack of kingfishers, herons, hawks, stoats, badgers, hedgehogs, mink, grass snakes, adders etc etc.
i can see or find frogs and newts really easily on virtually any day and even know some of the hibernacula.

i prefer not to disturb them much though. these pics are a compilation of flip, snap, return as was and away policy over weeks.

* all pics of frogs are wild specimens in situ.

* all newts are wild specimens snapped in refugia (except where obvious)

* some pix are rather poor but at least theyre all


LOCATION; urban garden

AMPHIBIAN SPECIES DEPICTED: common frog, smooth newt, palmate newt, common toad

lets remind ourselves what a NEWT looks like then eh?

a reddish-looking rana;

little and large. spot them?

this one seems in sore need of a good square meal:

palmates lingering at the surface;

foglets in my "marshy" part of the garden;

is this post becoming hard work?

take a breather.

just like this great pond snail (lymnaea stagnalis);

its got a heavy fluke infestation. as evidenced by the warped shell;

pea mussels (pisidium);

hawker nymph case (aeshna)

another 3 caudatans under a slowly-rotting railway sleeper.
they get right inside the fissures of the wood;

heres a newt i found with
a deformed tail.
quite a character!
kevb photoed him then he was re-released.

purple loosestrife (lythrum salicaria)
a favourite of mine;

part of the pond edge showing an alternative method of
helping amphibians enter/exit the pool.
utilising positioned logs etc.
instead of gradually
sloping banking or a cosmetic-looking pebble beach.
note; frogs and newts find immediate refuge on land here!
ive got logs and rocks everywhere!

well done if youve got this far. your certificate and medal are being despatched!

new pix! of NEWTS! remember them?

ben rigsby40436.9271296296
tim hamlett
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Joined: 17 Dec 2006
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Posted: 15 Sep 2010

some nice shots there ben, thanks.


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Joined: 06 Jun 2006
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Posted: 17 Sep 2010
Lovely pics!
Thanks ben.

Reformed Teetotaller
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Joined: 11 May 2004
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View other posts by Donny
Posted: 23 Sep 2010
great, wish I had a garden that I could make all wildlife friendly

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