An exclusively Catalan frog?

Painted Frog (Discoglossus pictus scovazzi)

Well, not quite “exclusively” in that its “cousins” exist also on the Islands of Malta and Gozo, as well as other North African and South Italian Mediterranean coastal locations, but, in France, it is known to exist only in the Pyrénées Orientales and from there extends southwards to cover the northern coastal region of the Costa Brava… so as far as France and Spain are concerned, it is a “Catalan Frog !”

“It” is the Painted Frog (Discoglossus pictus scovazzi), the very local variety
originally introduced to this area from Morocco, a rather pretty little fellow whose voice sounds (as described by a prominent herpetologist) “somewhat like the hushed chuckle a person might make in a library”, i.e. somewhat more restrained than the strident voices of some more vociferous cousins!

Seen in and around “left over pools” of the dried up “river” Pouy in the valley behind Collioure leading up to the “Consolation”.

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