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Autumn calling

Printed From: Reptiles and Amphibians of the UK
Category: Herpetofauna Native to the UK
Forum Name: Common Frog
Forum Description: Forum for all issues concerning Rana temporaria
Printed Date: 11 Apr 2021 at 5:47am
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Topic: Autumn calling
Posted By: Suzy
Subject: Autumn calling
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2019 at 3:40pm
This past week I've heard my usual chorus from frogs in deep cover. I always hear this in September/October, but never see the frogs making the noise. Apart from the croaking at breeding time, this seems to be the only other vocal time here. Anyone know what this is all about? I would say it is one frog per location, not a general chorus.
Still plenty of slow worms about under covers.


Posted By: GemmaJF
Date Posted: 24 Oct 2019 at 6:24pm
I've always put it down to hormones Suz. I think the males are already preparing for the breeding season before hibernation. So one hears them calling ahead of time. Just a hunch on my part.

Posted By: will
Date Posted: 26 Oct 2019 at 4:15pm
Agreed, also why they sometimes pair up at this time of year too. In the south of their range they would go straight into spawning, but here they have to cross their legs and wait..

Posted By: Liz Heard
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2019 at 11:06am
They've been calling in my garden recently too. No slow worms of late though.

Posted By: chubsta
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2019 at 5:59am
I have found the occasional frog whilst gardening, usually in a deep pocket somewhere, but frosts have put paid to everything else I think. Did see a squashed newt on the road the other day though...

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