A terrifically knowledgable and absolutely bang on fact came this way last weekend from a concerned fact checking friend - these are TOADS not frogs. Whoopsiedaisy. Clearly no wildlife expert ici. Thank you Dave.
Froggy (Toady) Spring: Took a walk around Lake Montriond last weekend - which is a fantastic walk in summer or winter actually; around an hour (ish) loop. Anyway, noticed hundreds of absolutely GIANT frogs (toads) hanging out all along the edge of the lake. Looked closer, and realised that pretty much all of the frogs (toads), all along the lake edge, had smaller froggy (toady) passengers.
Disclaimer: This wildlife lesson is brought to you by a total amateur, who has no knowledge base whatsoever even resembling a GCSE or 11+ in anything wildlife related [yes, clearly], so this is all mainly presumption and based solely on very slim facts. I invite contradiction and more actual facts please. [Thank you again, for the actual facts and indeed much needed contradiction]
Going Wild: So - I *think* the bigger frogs (toads) are the lady frogs (toads), and the smaller weedier ones are the gentleman frogs (toads). The gentleman frogs (toads) were all clinging on for dear life, and then violently kicking away any interlopers to his particular throne. Then the spawn emerged in a long stringy line from the lady frog (toad), while I presume the gentleman frog (toad) was doing some sort of fertilising. All pretty froggy (toady) graphic. And a little bit ew.
We'll check back there to see any tadpole progress in the coming weeks. Judging by the amount of stringy spawn - the lake will be full of black wriggly commas.