Frog of the Week

Mediterranean Painted Frog (Discoglossus pictus)

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Common Names: Mediterranean Painted Frog, Painted Frog, Discoglosse peint, Gemalter scheibenzüngler, Sapillo pintojo, Rana dipinta, Granota pintada, Gripau granoter, Malet frø, Kirju ketaskeelkonn, Apo pintatua, Discoglosso dipinto, Schijftongkikker, Kirjosammakko, Skivtunggroda
Scientific Name: Discoglossus pictus
Family: Alytidae
Location: Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and Tunisia
Size: 2.7 inches or 70 mm

The Mediterranean Painted Frog is known for its bright colors. The species spans over 2 different continents – Africa and Europe but only separated by the Mediterranean Sea. Its a fairly typical frog.

The Mediterranean Painted Frog has a few subspecies.

D. pictus pictus is found in Gozo, Malta, and Sicily.
D. pictus auritus is found in Algeria and Tunisia.


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