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Adult agile frog

Its long hind legs are very conspicuous from above at first glance; there are no black spots on the sides.

(photo: Judit Vörös)

The AGILE FROG is a medium sized, slender frog with proportionately long hind legs. Females can reach 6-8 cm, the males can reach 5-6 cm length form the tip of their snout to the cloaca. The snout is lot more pointed than that of the common frog. When the hind leg's shin is bent forward at the knee-joint the heel-joint is stretching well in front of the snout. Its dorsal colouration is light brown or drab, sometimes with darker blotches or a mottled pattern. Its tympanum is smaller than that of the common frog, and situated closer to the eyes. Hind limbs have around 10 visible, darker transversal bands. The belly is whitish; sometimes with a hue of pink or yellow, and contrarily to the common frog, it is unicoloured. The transition between dorsal and ventral colouration is gradual. The sides are dun or sometimes shaded with some light yellow.

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Identification of an agile frog

When the hind leg is bent forward, the heel-joint stretches well in front of the snout.

(photo: Judit Vörös)

Male agile frog

The hind legs have pale, darker brown transversal stripes.

(photo: Judit Vörös)

Agile frog egg clutches

Its round clutches laid down separately, flatten within a few days and often getting green of algae.

(photo: Judit Vörös)

Agile frog portrait

It has a vertically compressed, oval pupil and the lower two-third of the eye is darker brown.

(photo: Gábor Szelényi)

Young agile frog

The metamorphosed juveniles has similar colouration as the adults.

(photo: Gábor Szelényi)

Agile frog pair migrating to the breeding site in amplexus

Like common toads, agile frogs often pair in land on their way to the breeding sites.

(photo: Tibor Kovács)

Agile frog tadpole

Their brown tadpoles are more robust than those of the common frogs, have a lighter belly, a speckled tail fin and a proportionally shorter and taller tail .

(photo: Ákos Baracsy)