Guiness is stout but this Irish frog survived the Ice Age

Rana temporaria the frog of Ireland

Rana temporaria the frog of Ireland

This common looking amphibian the Irish frog is a survivor of the Ice Age. The Common frog Rana temporaria is the only frog native to Europe and Ireland. In Europe the Ice Age caused a great decline in its numbers, but scientists believe that this tough frog weathered the frigid temperatures by living in frost free secluded areas until things warmed up.

Today they flourish in the bogs, ponds, forested areas and in many a fish pond across the country much to the dismay of many a home owner. They are a protected species and if caught homeowners can be in trouble with the law if they do not let these little fellas keep froggin’ around.


Image: Common frog of Ireland courtesy of


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    March 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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