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What type of frog is this??? Is it poisonous? Answered

I found this frog in the garden and i was wondering what type of frog it is. (it might be a mutant from our pond cos it is really pouted and it has probably mutated the frog)
I also want to know if it is poisonous. I think it is because when i poked it with a stick it went all fat and put its arms or flippers (what ever you want to call them) over its head and it can also stick to vertical smooth walls without falling and can hop up them with ease.can it change camouflage???( ps sorry that i couldn't get it on to its back cos it will just role over again.
Also please tell me anything else about it to it you can.



Cane Toad.

Common Frog.

The UK (where this frog was spotted) is crawling with common frogs at the moment coming out of hibernation to breed. 


That is your common frog - Rana Temporaria.
It'll just be coming out of semi-hibernation because of the warmer weather and looking for a pond to breed in - Probably the same one it was born in.
The colouring does vary a lot including the reddish tinge yours has, and at this time of year they tend to be pretty flabby and the females will be bulging with eggs.  They are very good climbers - I've seen one scale a rough vertical wall before.

Our toads (bufo bufo) have a warty skin and have a drier look to their skin.   Both amphibians need to find water to breed in, but frogs will stay there for most of the year whereas toads will go further afield and lurk in log-piles and in damp cracks under stones when they're not out catching insects, worms and slugs.
If you find gelatinous dollops of spawn in your pond, that will be from frogs.  Toads lay long strings of spawn which you'd find draped around underwater plants in deeper water. 
Toads are one of my favourite animals.


7 years ago

That's just an ordinary cane toad. It got into your region most likely because it is the progeny of an imported pet that either escaped or was released by its owners.
They have poisonous glands that can be harmful if eaten but you can handle them, though I would thoroughly wash my hands before eating anything. In most places outside their natural habitat, they are considered harmful pests.

Nope, it's a (European) common frog. 100% certain.
They're on the move at this time of year and I'm having to avoid them on the roads when I'm driving into my village.

I think that means picking up the frog, and licking it, is going to be the only way to settle this debate. Anyone know what the poison glands are supposed to taste like?  Better check with Erowid first just to be safe.

I have heard of a frog that when you lick it it makes you go high!!!

Looks like a common frog, as AndyGadget says.

We have a lot in our garden, and they vary in colour dramatically - I've seen everything from pale grey through bright green to deep black.

The "got fat" thing is a defensive reflex, as it tried to make itself too fat for you to swallow.

. I think, but not too sure, that you have a toad, not a frog.

.  How should I know? I'm not even sure if it's a frog or a toad. ;)
.  Google is your friend - http://www.google.com/search?q=amphibians+in+England - http://www.google.com/search?q=frogs+in+England - http://www.google.com/search?q=toads+in+England

I think what you have here is a "Common frog"
This is the right time of year, they come out of hibernation around February/March and as they come in a variety of colours people often think they have something a bit more exotic in the garden.
Check out some of the following links





It could be a tomato frog;

Tomato Frog

"A yellowish-red tomato frog.
The tomato frog is found in the Madagascar rain forest. This frog has brilliant fire engine red skin and a lightly spotted yellowish belly and throat. Tomato frog babies begin life with more of an orange hue to their skin. As these frogs develop, most will end up having a fiery red appearance, but some frogs will be a combination of red, orange or yellow.

Their behavior is similar to other frogs when it comes to hunting prey. They like to dig themselves into the sand to hide their vivid colors until an insect passes by. Once they see a possible meal, they strike. If they feel threatened, they suck in air and double in size."


If it is found in Madagascar rain forest then how come i found it in England, Newcastle. and it was probably not a small baby cos before it went all fat it was the size of my hand.Plus there was also no sand in my garden.

I dont think that it is a tomato frog.