The Common Frog is also known as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog. It is a popular amphibian found throughout England in ponds and lakes which are surrounded by dense vegetation. This frog is also found in garden ponds.
The Common Frog is yellow-brown with lots of dark spots and patches all over its body. It has two short front legs and two longer strong-looking hind legs. The front legs support the frog when it is in a sitting position and the hind legs help the frog to leap forward. The Common Frog also has five webbed toes on its back feet which the frog uses when it wants to swim quickly in the water. Its eyes stick out high up on its face and are an orange-yellow colour with large black pupils.
Common Frogs first start their lives as little black tadpoles which look like tiny fish with long tails and gills. The tadpoles breathe through their gills. As the tadpoles develop they grow legs and eventually lose their tails. When this happens, they are no longer tadpoles, but tiny frogs. These tiny frogs are called ‘froglets’ and they are able to leave the water to go onto land where they hide in long grass or dense vegetation.