Cyprus Marsh Frog


Full name: Pelophylax bedriagae (Camerano, 1882)


    Medium size amphibian with a body length ranging from 5-20cm (usually 9-10cm). The skin surface is smoother than the Green toad but less smooth than the Tree frog. The dorsal and lateral area of the body has green to brown coloration with green, brown and black spots. The abdominal region has usually whitish or yellow color.


    Widespread on the island. It occupies all the available water bodies (eg, rivers, ponds, reservoirs, dams, irrigation canals).

    Adults: Terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates (birds, lizards).
Tadpoles: Algae, plant mater and small benthic invertebrates


    Carried out in standing water during the spring. Each female lays clumps of eggs that contain up to 10,000 eggs each. Tadpoles are hatched from the eggs and remain in the pond until there transformation into adults during late summer.


Distribution in Cyprus:
    From the coast to an altitude of 1700m.
Distribution worldwide:
    West coast of Turkey, the eastern Aegean islands, Cyprus, eastern Mediterranean coast and Egypt

Condition: Common
Special protection:
    •    Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC as Pelophylax ridibundus





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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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                            P.O box 61435,
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