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Red frog

Post by Javeo » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:59 am

Clearing up some beds yesterday and found this red frog, the pic doesn't show how red it actually was. It's the first time I've seen a funny coloured common frog and as someone who keeps and used to breed tropical frogs its a nice change from the muddy green you usually see.
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Re: Red frog

Post by Trudytropics » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:03 am

Beautiful frog and looks unusual (although I'm no expert :lol: ) He'd be welcome in my garden, keep the snails from munching my hostas.
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Re: Red frog

Post by GoggleboxUK » Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:14 pm

I've heard of this before and it seems to be on the increase. One theory is that it's down to inbreeding due to loss of habitat but British frogs and toads have always varied greatly in colour and markings.

Interestingly, amongst tropical species red is always the colour of danger and serves as a warning to predators that their potential next meal is poisonous. Perhaps we're seeing an evolution to save a species.

Incidentally, I saw my forst Bumble Bee of the year yesterday, hopefully a dry summer will help bulk out the numbers of bees and butterflys.
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Re: Red frog

Post by kata » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:24 pm

Thank your lucky stars its not one of these,
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Re: Red frog

Post by Clive60 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:18 pm

Red does seem to appear in Common Frogs and yours is a bigg'un :lol: , looks like a female who has already ejected the eggs.
My fire Bellied Toads have orange/red markings on the underside indicating their toxicity.


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Re: Red frog

Post by kata » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:27 pm

Incidentally, I saw my forst Bumble Bee of the year yesterday,
Seen my ones last week, follows me everywhere.

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Re: Red frog

Post by Javeo » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:13 pm

Yes she did seem very lathargic despite the heat. I released it into an area full of bugs. There are various theories for this, from inbreeding to chemicals and introduced bugs and plants having an effect on the pigmentation.
Kata, that's a Dendrobates azureus dartfrog, one of the species I used to breed. My absolute favourite frogs after red eyed tree frogs!
Gogglebox, my garden is full of bumble bees, hover flies and at least three species of butterfly, the huge flowering currant is covered in them.


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Re: Red frog

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:44 pm

I've seen one or 2 reddish brown and a few sand coloured Commom Frogs over the years. I also found a Fire Bellied Toad in a damp part of my garage back in the 1990s, then a second one turned up in the pond a year or so later. I kept them in an aquarium for about 4 years, then one died, so I let the other one go in the pond. Never saw it again. :roll:
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Re: Red frog

Post by kata » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:49 pm

I had one frog about 10 years ago,

I put weed control on a walled garden soil, wrong kind of fabric and when it rained it created a pool and the frog sat in it. :lol: :lol:

That garden was the best garden I ever had for wildlife. Squirrels running accross top of the fence, abeit wrong color but still..Bluetits acrobating on the feeder...life was wonderful.
Kata, that's a Dendrobates azureus dartfrog, one of the species I used to breed. My absolute favourite frogs after red eyed tree frogs!
Really..wow, they're Asian frogs are they not Javeo?
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Re: Red frog

Post by Javeo » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:21 pm

Our garden is wonderful for wildlife, slow worms, frogs, newts and almost every kind of bird. Thankfully no squirrals but lots of foxes, though the dog manages to keep them away most of the time.
The poison arrow frogs are only from the amazon, and the blues are from Surinam. I also have the yellow an black ones and green striped ones. Once I have time and money again, Im planning on keeping them again. Actually it's what got me interested in exotic gardening, I'd set up a mini rainforest in a vivarium and wish I could walk around it!


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Re: Red frog

Post by kata » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:53 pm

Hmm, dreams can come true J if we wish hard enough,

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