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Dordogne Wildlife Diary

  • Spiny Toad

    This toad turned up on our doorstep this morning (last Sunday) after heavy rain recently. Although it looks like a Common Toad Bufo bufo, the subspecies found on the continent has recently been given specific status as Bufo spinosus, hence the Spiny Toad. Apparently it was so named because of the spiny nature of the skin but I don't see or feel that - warty though for sure! Superfically it looks very like the UK species Common Toad but the irises are notable by their red colour. Other differences with the Common Toad are that the long thin parotid glands behind the eyes are more widely divergent and the larger inner metatarsel tubercules (skin nodules). The species seems widespread in this part of France but I never see more than one or two at a time. In NW England where I used to live and work Common Toads were very common with sometimes huge numbers at breeding sites.


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Welcome to my Dordogne Wildlife Diary

In it you will find regular wildlife sightings in the d├ępartement of Dordogne, notably of birds and butterflies in southern Dordogne where I live. In adddition there will be occasional references to neighbouring d├ępartements such as Lot et Garonne, Gironde, the Lot and places further afield. Check out the Faune-Aquitaine website for the latest wildlife sightings in Dordogne and Aquitaine.

Where possible I will add photographs to illustrate the entry. Many thanks to Margaret Mills (family photo) and Denis Cauchoix (birdwatcher photo).

I hope that you enjoy my diary and look forward to your comments.

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