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Amphibians

Common frog

Common frog

Rana temporaria

There is a great variety in the colour and pattern of common frog. There are no obvious stripes except in bars across its legs at rest. The eyes have horizontal pupils and with a dark mask behind. It has two ridges (dorsolateral folds), running close t...

Common toad

Common toad

Bufo bufo

The skin is dry and has a bumpy texture. The colour can be variable from reddish brown, or dark brown to greyish upper body and flecked off-white undersides. Striking bright golden eyes. When sitting it has a rounded shape, with slightly bowed front le...

Great crested newt

Great crested newt

Triturus cristatus

Scotland’s largest and rarest newt, with a very dark, brown or even black, granular skin, when seen on land. When in the water it appears a paler orangey brown skin, with dark blotches.

Smooth newt

Smooth newt

Traitorous vulgaris

This is a medium-sized newt and is the most likely one to be seen away from water. It has a pale body with a large degree of variation both in size and in colour, with its upper parts ranging from olive to a yellowy brown. Its underparts range from red to...