More commonly seen in larger ponds than those found in gardens, the Common Toad will often coexist alongside fish; the tadpoles being so distasteful that fish soon learn to leave them alone!
Common Toad are particularly vulnerable during the breeding season when they migrate ‘en masse’. Unfortunately the sight of many hundreds of toad fatalities on the county’s roads is all too familiar.
The Kent Toads on Roads project is attempting to combat the fatalities on roads by mobilising groups of volunteers in the spring to help toads across roads.
Toad spawn is easily distinguished from frog spawn as it is laid in strings not clumps.
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Distribution in Kent
Other / Similar Species
Probably the most familiar of Kent's amphibians, the Common Frog frequently uses garden ponds for spawning.
Marsh Frogs are Europe's largest frog. They are considered non-native and were introduced into Kent in the 1930s.
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