Levant Water Frog, Pelophylax bedriagae

The Levant Water Frog (Pelophylax bedriagae) formerly belonging to the genus Rana, is a southern European species of frog. They are green to brown with dark blotches on their dorsal side. They are cousins of the aquatic frogs and reside mostly in the water. They are not poisonous and are rather large, especially the females. It has been introduced to numerous fresh water rock pools in Gozo, where in one it sustains a large population. Though it is a prolific and invasive species, it is restricted to a constant freshwater supply, so it cannot spread naturally on its own on arid Mediterranean Islands.

Image Caption: Levant Water Frog at Ta’ Sarraflu fresh water pond, Kercem, Gozo. Credit: Arnold Sciberras/Jeffrey Sciberras/Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)