Return to moorhen home page
The 3 basic types of Amphibian in the UK are Frogs, Toads and Newts. We introduced Toads and Frogs as tadpoles in 1992 and 1993 respectively. We think that at second of these we also (fortuitously) introduced eggs of the palmate Newt.
We thought our introductions had failed until one summer night in 1995 we went for a walk after a rainstorm and found dozens of frogs and toads sitting on the grass paths. The odd Newt has appeared in subsequent years.
Newts are easy to identify, but how do you tell Frogs and Toad apart? Although both require water for breeding, frogs are more 'water oriented' than toads, so their bodies reflect this. Generally speaking
Neither animal is particular horrid to handle, but frogs feel slippery, and toads generally pee on you. You have been warned!