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Green Toad

 

Full name: Bufotes viridis (Laurenti, 1768)

 

Bufotes viridis is a nocturnal species that is active from sunset until dawn. During the day it remains hidden in protected positions (holes) in the ground or under rocks. Unlike the other two frog species situated on the island, the Green toad is quite resistant to prolonged drought.

 

 

Description:
    Medium size amphibian that can reach 12cm in body lenght. On the skin surface a lot of knop can be seen while the parotoid glands are well developed and stand out from the head. The dorsal and lateral area of the body has gray to olive green color with many dark olive green and orange spots. The abdominal area usually has light gray coloration.

 

 

Habitat:
    Wide spread on the island without preference for specific habitat.

 

 

Food:
    Adults: Ground invertebrates, mainly insects
Tadpoles: Algae and plant mater

 

 

Reproduction:
    Carried out in standing water during spring and summer. Each female lays about 2,000 to 30,000 eggs which form gelatinous elongated filaments. Tadpoles are hatched from the eggs and remain in the pond until there transformation into adults during late summer. The tadpoles of the species are the largest in size tadpoles found in Cyprus.

 

 

Distribution in Cyprus:
    From the coast to an altitude of 700m.
Distribution worldwide:
    Wide distribution throughout the Mediterranean region and in most of central and southern Europe while expanding to east and central Asia.

 

 

Condition: Common

 

Special protection:
    •    Strictly protected by European directive 92/43/EC
•    Strictly protected by national law 153(I)2003

 



About Us

 

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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.

Contact Details
 
 
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
                            8134,
                            Paphos, Cyprus
 
           Tel:          +357 26 967600
 
           Fax:         +357 26 967007
 
           Email: HerpetSocietyCy@gmail.com
 

            



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