CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
The common frog, Rana temporaria, floating with its head above water. R. temporaria is found throughout Europe. It is the first frog to spawn in February & March & is well known for returning to the same breeding ground year after year to do so. Large groups of frogs gather & in a period of one to three nights lay their eggs in densely packed masses. What triggers this meeting is unknown since this species only utters a soft purring sound similar to a cat. Outside the breeding season the frogs are found in forests & damp meadows, usually several hundred metres from the breeding site.
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