Crapaud calamite (F); Rugstreeppad (NL); Strandpadda (S); Strandtudse (DK); Ropucha krátkonohá (CZ)

Distribution:
From Western Europe through Central Europe until Southern Scandinavia, Estonia, Poland, England, and Southwestern Ireland. Only north of the Alps, here up to 1700 m.

Size:
about 4-7 cm;
about 5-8 cm

Pupil: , horizontal elliptic, iris greenish;

Metamorphosed Animal:

Long, nearly unbroken, yellow, dorsal stripe. Walks briskly like a mouse.
The only anuran leaping hardly ever.

Tubercles on underside of hind toes paired.

Sexual difference:
throat lilac in,

throat white in
(Picture, right)

Mating:
Can repeatedly take place during April to July/August.

Call:
Loud, can be heard over quite a distance, sounding like a metallic croak "err….err….err".

Natterjack toad Bufo calamita
Natterjack toad

Adult Natterjack toad
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Prefers shallow, warm, rather bare, also lightly brackish, rather newly created spawning waters, as these are free of fish and poor in enemies, e.g. in floodplains and gravel pits; also holes, cart tracks and other temporary waters.