Friday, 27 April 2007

Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ridibundus)

Two adult Marsh Frog (Pelophylax ribidundus - unknown subspecies) at Rainham Marshes, London - July 2011

OTHER NAMES: Lake Frog, Laughing Frog
Featured Subspecies: unknown
Weight: 14g
Length: 12-17cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

An introduced species, the Marsh Frog is normally resident in Europe, but has established itself in parts of the UK. They can be seen in various sites around the Thames, but I've personally only seen them at Rainham marshes. They are a bit bigger than our native frogs, and also a lot noisier - they produce a stereotypical frog like croak, and can sometimes be seen inflating their cheeks to do so.

Related Species: 
Order: Anura 
Family: Ranidae 
Genus: Pelophylax 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common resident of South-East England.
 - Seen at Oare Marshes and Rainham Marshes

Further Notes: 
RSPB, Wikipedia BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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