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April Amplexus

2015.04.15
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When the Luftwaffe bombed London they created many craters in Epping Forest which would later turn into ponds. I sat in front of one and watched the toad mayhem unfold
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My favourite adder insitu shot so far this year, a nice big female captured amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor.
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Brimstone.
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Eagle Owl spotted at High Beech :^)
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Lots of Grass Snakes around.
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Toads return to the same pond year after year. Males clasp the females in a special hold known as "Amplexus" during mating. They remain like this for a few days as the female lays her spawn.
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Marsh Frog
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A Frog trying to get frisky with a Toad.
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Mating Grass Snakes
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Common Toads emerge from hibernation in late February and start a hazardous journey to their breeding ponds
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If you see any amphibians or reptiles in the UK please submit your record online via the Record Pool.
www.arguk.org/recording
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The spawn of the common toad is easily distinguished from that of the common frog as it is laid in strings not clumps
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Another frog trying to muscle his way in.
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Female adder well hidden in the bracken.
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4 Comments
marilynx Your Brimstone is magnificent.
Spring is surely in the air ....
marilynx · 2015-04-15: 04:20
GoBlues Such a lovely set!!!
GoBlues · 2015-04-15: 06:51
timepiece Lovely pictures of Nature at its best - even the snakes!!!!!!
timepiece · 2015-04-16: 13:08
MilkysWay As always so much beauty Christian :) wonderful spring feelings!
MilkysWay · 2015-04-17: 12:18
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