Toads in Mating Embrace
Toads in mating embrace. I spotted this pair crossing an old overgrown bridge on their way to the breeding pool whilst I was out photographing adders. They paused just long enough for me to create this focus stacked image before continuing on their journey.Common Toad Mating Embrace. Male toads often hitch a ride to the breeding pools on the backs of the much larger females. Whilst it may seem lazy, only around 1 in 5 males manage to breed, so this technique ensures the male has the best chance of mating with his chosen female.
Toads in Mating Embrace – About the Toad:
“Common toads vary from dark brown, grey and olive green to sandy-coloured. They have broad, squat bodies and warty skin. They tend to walk rather than hop. These toads are widespread and common in mainland Britain.
Common toads excavate a shallow burrow that they return to after foraging for prey. They secrete an irritant substance from their skin and puff themselves up to deter predators. Common toads tend to live away from water, except when mating, and hibernate during the winter in deep leaf litter, log piles and in burrows.
During mating, the male clutches the female from behind in a tight embrace. He fertilises the long, triple-stranded strings of eggs as she lays them among the waterweeds. Tadpoles hatch after about 10 days and gradually change completely, or metamorphose, into toadlets over two to three months. Common toads can live up to around 10-12 years.” – https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/other-garden-wildlife/amphibians-and-reptiles/common-toad
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