Provence amphibian: the parsley frog

We have a few amphibians in Provence. One of them is the parsley frog.

Description of the parsley frog

  • The parsley frog has a vertical pupil.
  • Its iris is yellow.
  • There’s an “X” shape showing on most of the parsely frogs (but some of them don’t necessary have it).
  • The parsley frog has almost no webbing on its hind legs and there are no tubercules attached to them (unlike the western spadefoot)
  • During the breeding season, he grabs the female (which is larger than him) right above her legs (this is called “lombar amplexus”)
  • As all frogs do (contrary to toads), the parsley frog hops around.
  • The parsley frog displays green spots on its back (hence its name, “parsley frog”)
  • There is a lateral dorsal fold on each flank.
  • The parsley frog‘s song sounds like two pétanque balls hitting against each other

Scientific classification of the parsley frog

  • Domain: BIOTA
  • Kingdom: ANIMALIA
  • Phylum: CHORDATA
  • Class: AMPHIBIA
  • Order: ANURA
  • Family: PELODYTIDAE
  • Genus: PELODYTES
  • Species: PELODYTES PUNCTATUS