LFA für Feldherpetologie und Ichthyofaunistik

European green toad

August 2013

Offspring for the European green toad in the Wolfenbüttel district

Not only is the European green toad Lower Saxony's rarest amphibian species, their population has also been continually declining over the past years. The fact that the annual population surveys conducted by the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN) were able to report hardly any reproductive success at all is particularly alarming.

junge Wechselkroete klein
Photo: Young European green toad, well camouflaged on the gravelled ground.

For the most part, evidence of young toads could be proven for one site only.

All the more encouraging, thus, is a discovery made by project manager Dr. Markus Richter in an area close to Schladen in the Wolfenbüttel district: several freshly transformed European green toads were observed at the three ponds there. Evidently, they had just left the spawning grounds and were on their way to their summer habitat. Altogether, 17 young toads were identified.

The Wolfenbüttel district has been implementing measures in support of the European green toad for a number of years now. Several new water bodies have been newly created, heavily silted-up ponds have been restored and habitats have been optimized through the removal of upcoming woody plants. The measures have obviously paid off.

Wechselkroete auf Kies klein

Young European green toad displaying typical green spots and small reddish warts