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Warts And All

Penglais Woods, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

More rock flipping at Penglais quarry produced a very welcome surprise, A female Common Toad Bufo bufo (1)(2)(3). It was fairly surprising finding a toad so far away from water, unlike frogs, toads prefer to spawn in lakes and large ponds, non of which can be found close by but toads will range a huge distance from their breeding ponds.

As always flipping a few rocks produced a nice array of Slow Worms Anguis fragilis (4-10) this even included a baby which was tiny. Slow worms give birth to live young which are black with a rich gold dorsal stripe making them quite attractive. I also found two Common Lizards Zootoca vivipara which were much to quick for me to catch.