The toads and newts are back for a second attempt! The unseasonably dry weather in March and April dried up lots of the moor ponds and inhibited their breeding success.
Common Toads vary in colour from Dark Brown, Grey, Olive Green to Sandy and have broad bodies and warty skin. Toads tend to walk rather than hop and are widespread and common in mainland Britain. The Common Toads generally live away from water except when mating and they hibernate during winter in deep leaf litter, log piles and in burrows. Tadpoles hatch after about 10 days and gradually change completely or metamorphose into tadpoles over 2 to 3 months. Common Toads can live for up to 10-12 years.
Did you know you can easily tell the difference between a newt and a lizard, if you can catch it, it’s a newt, as lizards are scaly and exceptionally quick.