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Edible frog?:

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Mika
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Posted: 05 Apr 2006
This photo was taken in France (Tarn et Garonne). I think it's an Edible frog, but not 100% sure. Can someone confirm?
Dan Kane
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Posted: 05 Apr 2006

Yep, it looks like a young Edible Frog, Rana kl. esculenta to me, nice pic.

Did you find anything else in Tarn et Garonne whilst you were there?


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Mika
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Posted: 05 Apr 2006

Hi Dan,

Yes, I certainly did! It seems that a plethora of herps frequent the area and I have come across many species whilst out and about herp hunting over there. Over the years (I lived in Tarn et Garonne for about 6 years), I came across all manner of herps. But perhaps the most exciting for me personally were the Natterjacks, Green toads, Fire salamanders, Green lizards and the Whipsnakes - very snappy (at least the ones I caught seemed to be)!


Alan Hyde
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Posted: 06 Apr 2006
That's a luuurverly pic Mika
O-> O+>
Mika
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Posted: 06 Apr 2006
Thanks Al. He was a cute little fellow and I was able to get quite a few good shots of him. I actually found him in a small pool of water in a tractor rut.
Jeroen
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Posted: 06 Apr 2006

Dear Mika,

You should consider the possibility of it being Rana ridibunda - widely introduced and naturalised in S France.

You mentioned Green Toad but that can only be found in the extreme NE of mainland France ...


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Mika
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Posted: 06 Apr 2006

Hi Jeroen,

Rana ridibunda possibility duly noted! Thanks  

I am quite suprised that Green toads are only found in extreme N.E France though...here's a description of the toad I saw - really sorry but no pics:

Size of a large common toad, with very similar shaped head and body.

Green splotches on the body

Hopped (didn't see it running at all)

Greenish / blue eyes

Any idea what species it could have been apart from Green? Comments appreciated because I am really confused now!


Jeroen
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Posted: 09 Apr 2006

http://www.gli.cas.cz/SEH/images/atlas/pdf/anura/bufvir.pdf

The animal you describe has to be Natterjack, they can look quite different from more northern populations, e.g. frequent absence of vertebral yellow line etc.

Other possibility would be an exceptionally coloured Common Toad but the colour of the eyes seems to eliminate that option.


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Mika
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Posted: 11 Apr 2006

Hi Jeroen,

Thanks for the useful distribution map. I guess it must have been a Natterjack then but without the yellow stripe running down the back. I have caught natterjacks there but they all had lines down the back and they did run as oppose to hop. Maybe this one was a 'freak'? One thing I can be certain of is that it was definitely not a Common. I just wish I had a photo to show you - if I get the chance to go back and catch one again, I'll take a pic next time!  Thanks for all your help and the info Jeroen, appreciate it!


herpetologic2
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Posted: 11 Apr 2006

 

I would say that the frog looks like Rana ridibunda - but you cannot be sure without hearing its call...and this little fella may be too small to call yet - as it looks like a young animal

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Baby Sue
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Posted: 10 Mar 2009

My Fairy God Mother Laura saw this frog in her pond and just had to take a photo of it for me, she posted it in a Robbie forum and it was the first time ever sheĘs posted a photo. SheĘs old and ainĘt right good with technology and ainĘt enthusiastic about learning how to do things in PC land but she followed my posting photos instructions that I did yonks back and she got it up for me! Whippee!

She said she looked it up and says itĘs an edible frog. Is she right then? If you say she got it wrong IĘll tell her and point and laugh at her.

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Peter
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Posted: 10 Mar 2009

Hi Sue,

 

It`s a common frog.   One with a lot of inky black markings but definately a common frog.





Baby Sue
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Posted: 11 Mar 2009

OK, IĘm gonna tell her. I think sheĘs gonna be disappointed though, she believed she saw a rare species. Poor Fairy God Mother Laura. It is a pretty frog though, IĘd be pleased if it was in my pond.


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