Pelophylax esculentus

Common name: the Edible Frog

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution:  Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine

Introduced to: Spain, United Kingdom

Size: up to 80 mm

Description: upperside coloration varies from green to brown and grey with dark spots and often with light line on the back. Underside light with spots.

Habitat: stagnant water habitats, such as shallow puddles, ponds, large lakes in deciduous and mixed forests, forest steppe, steppe

Activity: diurnal and nocturnal, hibernation occurs from September to May (nothern parts of its range) and from November to March (southern parts of its range)

Diet: various invertebrates

Reproduction: breeding period starts within one month after the frogs spring appearance. Eggs are laid into the water

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