Alyte accoucheur (F); Vroedmeesterpad (NL); Barnmorskegroda (S); Fødselshjælperfrø
(DK); ----- (CZ)
Distribution: Iberian Peninsula, France, Benelux, Switzerland,
and Germany without the northern and eastern parts. Hilly regions and
mountains up to 2400 m (Pyrenees).
Size: about 3,5-5,5 cm
End of March to early August.
The breeding behaviour is very interesting. Calling and mating
is terrestrial. The male winds the egg strings around its hind limbs and
carries them around till hatching after 3-6 weeks. That is why it is called
Midwife toad. Favourite spawning sites are water bodies of different sizes
in quarries and other secondary habitats.
This small inconspicuous anuran has a very distinctive call: in a chorus
sounding like crystal chiming bells.
Adult Midwife toad,
Male with spawn around hind limbs