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Pool Frog (Pelophylax lessonae)

photo by M. Betley

Common Name: Pool Frog
Scientific Name: Pelophylax lessonae
Family: Ranidae – True Frog family
Locations: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom
Introduced Locations: Spain
Size: 2 – 3.5 inches (5 – 9 cm)

The Pool Frog is named after the fact that they are easily found on the shores of ponds (and other water bodies). Many of these ponds that they call home have become polluted or drained, causing decreases in the populations. Due to this, the frog went extinct in England in the 1990s. There are re-introduction programs helping to re-establish the frogs in the country. They are the rarest amphibian in the country and it is illegal to harm them. The Pool Frog has not always been considered a native species to England but research has shown that they were.

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