Pelophylax ridibundus

Common name: the Marsh Frog

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

Introduced to: Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Size: up to 120-170 mm

Description: upperside coloration varies from green to brown and grey with light spots and often with light line on the back. Underside greyish-white or greyish-yellow with small dark spots or without them

Habitat: a wide variety of flowing and stagnant water habitats, such as shallow puddles, ponds, large lakes, rivers and mountain streams

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

Diet: various invertebrates, slugs and sometimes smaller amphibians and fish

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

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