Iberian Parsley Frog, Pelodytes ibericus
The Iberian parsley frog is native to Spain and Portugal. The natural habitat for this species is temperate forests, shrubby vegetation, rivers, lakes, marshes, pastures, ponds, ditches and canals.
The Iberian parsley frog grows to about 1.5 to two inches long. The body color ranges from olive to grey with bright green spots and covered with numerous warts. The name of this species derives from the spots on its body that look similar to parsley flakes. It has a white belly and some are marked with a pale X on the back. The head is flat and the eyes have vertical-slit pupils.
The belly of the Iberian parsley frog acts as a suction cup giving it the ability to climb trees, rocks and walls very well.
The diet of the Iberian parsley frog consists of insects and other small invertebrates.
This species is nocturnal and stays very well hidden. Mating happens after a spring rain where more than 100 eggs are laid in thick strings in ponds, lagoons and ditches. The tadpoles will hatch in six to nine days and will actually grow larger than the adult until metamorphosis occurs in about three months.
This species adapts very well to changing habitats and is listed as least concern on the IUCN list.
Image Caption: Pelodytes ibericus. Credit: Benny Trapp/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)