Rana temporaria temporaria

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Rana temporaria temporaria
Common frog rana temporaria.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Rana
Species: R. temporaria
Subspecies: R. t. temporaria
Trinomial name
Rana temporaria temporaria

Rana temporaria temporaria is a largely terrestrial frog native to Europe. It is distributed throughout northern Europe and can be found in Ireland, the Isle of Lewis and as far east as Japan.[1]

Description[edit]

These smooth-skinned frogs can grow to an average weight of 22.7 grams and length of seven to ten centimeters (2.8-3.9 in) with colors varying from gray to green, brown, yellow, or red and may be covered in blotches.[2] Males are usually smaller and darker than females and have nuptial pads on their first fingers to help hold on to the female during mating. The underbelly is white or yellow often with speckles.[3]

Breeding[edit]

Around three years of age, Rana temporaria temporaria return to the site where they first developed. Males return first and produce a low pitch growling croak to attract mates. A successful mate will wrap his forelimbs around the female in amplexus.

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