How long do frogs, toads and newts live?
On average, frogs will live eight years, toads for 12, and newts for six.
Frogs and newts reach sexual maturity at around three years old, whereas toads only fully develop at four years of age.
Fully grown individuals only return to ponds when they are ready to mate. Toads always return to their own spawning pond after spending the rest of the year on land, while frogs and newts spend their lives in damp areas like marshes.
Amphibians will start migrating as early as September. They will all have reached the spawning ponds by February, following their hibernation. At this point, it's warm enough for them to mate successfully, and the lifecycle begins again.
Discover native amphibians
Here in the UK, we have seven species of native amphibian. You're most likely to see a common frog, common toad or smooth newt as they're all fairly widespread. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find a pool frog, a natterjack toad, a palmate newt, or even a great-crested newt.
Our native amphibians are getting busier with warmer temperatures, so why not see what you can find? Hunt out a local pond or a wood near you, keep your eyes peeled, and let us know what you can find!