Guide to Jersey Amphibians

In Jersey, you can find three species of Amphibians; the Spiny Toad (known locally as the Crapaud or the Jersey Toad), Palmate Newt and lastly the Agile Frog. 

Heres a handy guide to help you identify these species.

Crapaud (Bufo Spinosus) or Jersey toad - A large toad with a warty back and legs, it has a short and rounded snout. Males are smaller than females. They are found all over Jersey and will travel to breeding sites, ponds, around January to start breeding. As with all amphibians, they ley their eggs in water and the eggs look like strings of black dots surrounded by jelly. They hibernate under logs, stone piles and leaves and even in compost heaps. 

bufo spinosus tadpoles and adultbufo spinosus spawn

Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus) - The only species of newt in Jersey so it’s hard to get this one wrong. Newts look like miniature lizards but are actually amphibians. Adults can grow up to 9cm in length. They have smooth skin that ranges from brown to green or grey. Their belly is yellow often with dark spots. Newts can be found all over Jersey in damp and warm areas. During spring they are most commonly seen in ponds when they are breeding. Other times in the year they can be found in damp areas of your garden; under logs and leaves and in compost heaps. 

Palmate Newt WM

Lastly, the elusive Agile frog (Rana dalmatina) - A brown frog with smooth skin, not warts on this species. They can grow up to 90mm from snout to vent. They have long hind legs and a pointed snout. Agile frogs are declining rapidly in Jersey and the Environment Department is monitoring the last population patches in the west of Jersey. They prefer woodland and wet meadow habitats. Their eggs are large balls of spawn and are glued to the pond floor, rocks or deadwood. 


Agile Frog drawing

Help us keep track of toads during ToadWatch and submit your sighting at: 

JERSEY TOADWATCH 2018 (Online Form)

Other invertebrates can be entered using our general wildlife form. 

If your interested to learn more about Jersey amphibians and reptiles then join JARG (Jersey Amphibian and Reptile group). 

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