The Common Frogis extensive across most parts of Central and Northern Europe,The amphibian is active from February to October, hibernating through the winter in the mud at the bottom of ponds and under logs and leaf piles. Having a rather thick set body with a blunt head, its size is between 4cm–9cm with variable colouring, greys, browns olive and yellows with dark variable patterned blotches, less frequent but orange and reds can occur. Tadpoles feed on algae but soon become carnivores. Adult Frogs have a long sticky tongue used for catching their pray. Flying insects, Beetles, worms, Slugs and Snails are all on the Frogs menu,
You may not be able to see Frogs in the winter months as they hibernate in mud at the bottom of ponds under rotting logs and leaf piles. If you have a compost heap you will often find Frogs making use of it. These places should not be disturbed during the winter months and if necessary pond cleaning should not be done later than September.
Dangers to Frogs
The destruction of suitable habitat is leading to a decline in frogs to the point of endangerment, the common frog now being not so common. Modern farming with the use of pesticides and the filling in of ponds for development has greatly contributed. Frogs have colonized the suburban garden but again the obsessive use of chemicals to control pests in the garden harmfully affects their environment and food, Slugs poisoned by slug pellets will then be eaten by the frogs and chemicals will drain in to a pond.