Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

jdmphotography

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom

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Adults can grow to 18 cm (7 in) and their skin has a warty appearance and ranges from green to brown. As a defense against predators they secrete a toxic, foul tasting substance called bufagin.

This is enough to deter many predators although Grass Snakes and hedgehogs are .

Common Toads eat invertebrates such as insects, larvae, spiders, slugs and worms, which they catch on their sticky tongues. Larger toads may also take slow worms, small grass snakes and harvest mice, which are swallowed alive. Toads generally hunt at night, and are most active in wet weather.

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