Natterjack Toad

I just returned from a trip to the UK and I am sorry to say that I didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of this toad.


The Natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita) is found on the sandy heathlands of Europe. They differ from the common toad in that they have a strong yellow to white line down their back and have more of a run type of movement than hop. They also differ in their call structure and some say they claim the prize for the loudest amphibians in the UK.

The Natterjack toad is protected under the biodiversity action plan in the UK. Learn more from the video below:

Natterjack from John Walker & Vian Curtis on Vimeo.

Follow this link to a recent article in Animal Conservation “Connectivity of local amphibian populations: modelling the migratory capacity of radio-tracked natterjack toads” from U. Sinsch et al., 2012.

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