Name: Common Frog
Scientific name: Rana temporaria
Nature Stars: 20
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.
Read more about the common frog on its Feature Creature page.
How to identify: Smooth skin, with long back legs. Hops and jumps rather than walks.
Where: A common and widespread species found throughout the country, except for some Scottish islands, the Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.
Fantastic fact: A female frog may lay up to 4500 eggs in a spring!
Photograph credit: Neil Wyatt