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Mediterranean Tree Frogs Right On Our Doorstep

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Most nights at this time of year, just after sunset, we can hear a loud croaking coming from a location nearby. So I decided to investigate what Frogs/Toads make these loud noises. After following the noise I stumbled across an old disused Cisterna (Water Storage Tank). The noise is amplified by the concrete circular wall which is why it can be heard from a distance. I could see the Frogs but not close enough to identify. I decided that I’d return the following night with the camera, but needed a light as I’m not a fan of using flash on wildlife in the dark.

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Mediterranean Tree Frog Calling (Male)

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A Little Rain Has Brought Out Some Creatures

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Finally, we had a good downpour of rain today, however, not the deluge that was predicted, but the night is still young and we have been issued a Yellow Alert for rain.  From what I can see from Social Media, the South Algarve Coast has had a lot more rain with localised flooding, but of course,  this won’t help the Rivers up here in the Serra. 

The rain drives out some creatures and tonight sitting outside the front door was this young Fire Salamander. It was only between 10 and 12cm long whereas fully grown they can reach over 22cm. Salamanders are classed as an Amphibian and not a Reptile. The main difference being an Amphibian’s moist scales whereas a reptile is dry.

It was in danger of being a new Cat Toy so I moved it to a safe place and took some quick photos. Camera with 50mm lens in one hand and an LED torch in the other, so no the greatest lighting setup in the dark, but a shot nonetheless.

Salamanders do secret toxins which can be dangerous to humans if ingested, so a clean of hands after was in order.

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Fire Salamander - Salamandra-de-fogo


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