Common water frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus)

Common water frog

The Common water frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus) is a true frog species with a wide range in Europe: from Estonia to northern Italy, and from Spain to western Russia.


Five interesting facts about the common water frog:

  • It is the hybrid of the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) and the marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus).
  • The males are smaller than the females, which reach a maximum length of 12 cm.
  • These frogs inhabit rivers as well as lakes, only fast-flowing locations are avoided.
  • They absorb about 10% of necessary oxygen directly through their skin.
  • The frog is used as a food source to people in France.

Common water frog
Common water frog, Lithuania

Pelophylax kl. esculentus
Common water frog, Lithuania

Pelophylax kl. esculentus
Common water frog, Lithuania

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4 comments

  1. I remember eating frogs legs as a child. I don't think I would be able to do that now after looking at these precious creatures.

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  2. I love frogs! This little guy is very pretty. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  3. I love information about nature. I never had an amphibian as a pet, but I love to watch them in nature.

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  4. My boys are all about frogs lately! In fact, we actually raised tadpoles. It was a really fun experience for everyone in our house!

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