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Bufo bufo

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 4 November 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Bufo bufo (NL: Gewone pad, Bruine pad / EN: Common toad, European toad / DE: Erdkröte / FR: Crapaud commun) is an amphibian found throughout most of Europe, with the exception of Ireland, Iceland and some Mediterranean islands. It is one of a group of closely related animals that are descended from a common ancestral line of toads and which form a species complex. The toad is an inconspicuous animal as it usually lies hidden during the day. It becomes active at dusk and spends the night hunting for the invertebrates on which it feeds. It moves with a slow ungainly walk or short jumps and has greyish brown skin covered with wart-like lumps. Bufo bufo seems to be in decline in part of its range but overall is listed as being of "Least Concern" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is threatened by habitat loss, especially by drainage of its breeding sites, and some toads get killed on the roads as they make their annual migrations. It has long been associated in popular culture and literature with witchcraft.

Image: Schilde (BE) – 27/08/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtplaat !!!
Fijne zondag.

4 Nov 2012 8:29am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

il est d'une beauté,je te dis que le prince charmant c'est bien lui....

4 Nov 2012 8:34am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic head on shot.

4 Nov 2012 9:00am

Chantal from Vitry le François, France

Splendide face à face.

4 Nov 2012 9:27am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Brilliant capture of this frog

4 Nov 2012 10:39am

SharonPleasants from Monroe, United States

Great shot! Almost humorous! :)

4 Nov 2012 2:24pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

D'une autre ère...

4 Nov 2012 3:11pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice & amazing!
so beautiful focus, colors & lights!

6 Nov 2012 12:42pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm