April Amplexus

by Christian Moss April. 15, 2015 4815 views

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

My favourite adder insitu shot so far this year, a nice big female captured amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor.


Eagle Owl spotted at High Beech :^)

Lots of Grass Snakes around.

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.

Marsh Frog

A Frog trying to get frisky with a Toad.

Mating Grass Snakes

Common Toads emerge from hibernation in late February and start a hazardous journey to their breeding ponds

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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

Another frog trying to muscle his way in.

I have the pleasure of seeing many Grass Snakes on my travels but this shy reptile is very hard to photograph.

Female adder well hidden in the bracken.

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G B 5 years ago

the owl and fox are gorgeous! looks like everything is coming to life again in this new season. Fantastic set as always!

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Sadhya Rippon 5 years ago

I am a perceptive person. I notice things that others don't seem to see, but you are in a different league!

I always enjoy your posts Chris. This one doesn't disappoint!

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Moira 5 years, 1 month ago

Great set.

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Evalizette Hansson 5 years, 1 month ago

As always so much beauty Christian :) wonderful spring feelings!

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John Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

Lovely pictures of Nature at its best - even the snakes!!!!!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Abby 5 years, 1 month ago

Such a lovely set!!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

Your Brimstone is magnificent.
Spring is surely in the air ....

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