Photo credit: Tracy Farrer
Common name: natterjack toad
Size: 60-70mm in length and 4-19g in weight
Appearance: short legs, brown with bumps on back and a yellow line down the middle of its back.
Conservation status: least concern
Diet: at night, they eat moths. They also eat woodlice, marine invertebrates, sandhoppers and other insects.
Habitat: coastal areas in western Europe. They live in sand and warm, shallow ponds.
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Breeding season: April to June
Predators: foxes, otters, herons, hedgehogs, terns and gulls.
Threats: loss of habitat
- they are a European Protected Species
- loudest amphibian in the UK
- they have an unusual gate due to their short legs, resulting in them running rather than hopping.
- limbs are adapted for digging
- hibernate through the winter in burrows
- population numbers have declined by 75% in the past century.
- IUCN redlist