Netherlands - Reptiles & Amphibians

On this page you will find pictures of amphibians photographed by me in The Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Viviparous Lizard - Levendbarende Hagedis
  2. Common Wall Lizard - Muurhagedis (Podarcis muralis)
  3. Slow Worm - Hazelworm
  4. European Tree Frog - Boomkikker
  5. Marsh Frog - Europese Meerkikker
  6. Pool Frog - Poelkikker
  7. European Common Frog - Bruine Kikker
  1. Moor Frog - Heikikker (Rana arvalis)
  2. Common Toad - Gewone Pad
  3. Natterjack Toad - Rugstreeppad
  4. Smooth Newt - Kleine Watersalamander
  5. Grass Snake - Ringslang
  6. False Map Turtle - Zaagrugschildpad

Viviparous Lizard
Levendbarende Hagedis
(Zootoca vivipara)

Dwingelderveld NP, Spier
24 July 2012
Common Wall Lizard
(Podarcis muralis)
7 July 2011
Slow Worm
(Anguis fragilis)

25 May 2012
European Tree Frog
(Hyla arborea)

25 May 2012
Marsh Frog
Europese Meerkikker
(Pelophylax ridibundus)

20 July 2015

The Marsh Frog is the largest frog native to Europe and is very similar in appearance to the closely related Edible Frog and Pool Frog. These three species, now again in the genus Pelophylax, are often referred to as "green frogs" to distinguish them from the more terrestrial European Rana species, which are known as "brown frogs". It can reach a maximum length of 17 cm and has quite long hind legs.

Pool Frog
(Pelophylax lessonae)
De Groote Peel
7 May 2012

De Poelkikker lijkt veel op de bastaardkikker. De ogen van het mannetje poelkikker kleuren echter helemaal goud geel (zoals hier) en de dieren zelf opvallend fel groen of geel. Voorts hebben poelkikkers kortere poten dan de bastaardkikker; de strekproef is het beste om dit te checken maar je ziet hier op de foto ook al dat de achterpoten elkaar niet raken in rust wat wijst op kortere poten. Beste kenmerk is de graafknobbel maar die is hier niet zichtbaar.

European Common Frog
Bruine Kikker
(Rana temporaria)
In my yard, Hilversum
5 April 2012

During the mating season males are generally light and greyish in colour, whereas the female is browner, or even red.
The male (on top) uses his swelled first fingers for better grip on the female during mating.

Moor Frog
Heikikker (Rana arvalis)
Loofles, Kootwijk
17 March 2015

Moor Frogs vary from 5.5 to 6.0 cm long, but can reach up to 7.0 cm in length.
Males can develop bright-blue coloration for a few days during the mating season (March). Males not expressing the blue body coloration are sometimes subject to mating attempts by other males thinking it is a female.

Common Toad
Gewone Pad (Bufo bufo)
Oostvaardersplassen, Almere
18 September 2014

Natterjack Toad
(Epidalea calamita)
25 May 2012

Smooth Newt
Kleine Watersalamander
(Lissotriton vulgaris)
5 April 2011
Grass Snake
(Natrix natrix)

's Graveland
11 August 2012
False Map Turtle
(Graptemys pseudogeographica)
2 September 2011
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