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Parsley Frogs: Pelodytidae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status, Parsley Frog (pelodytes Punctatus): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, PARSLEY FROGS AND PEOPLE


All three species of this family live in Europe and/or western Asia. The species known simply as the parsley frog or common parsley frog is found in southwestern Europe. The Caucasus parsley frog lives in Turkey and other areas near the Caspian Sea. The Iberian parsley frog lives in the southern parts of Portugal and Spain.

Parsley frogs live in various moist places, often near water. Some may live in forests near a stony stream, and others in a meadow near a pond. Tadpoles can survive in somewhat salty water.

Mostly night-feeders, the parsley frogs eat insects, worms, slugs, and other invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), or animals without backbones.

People rarely keep these frogs as pets, do not eat them as food, and do not collect them for experiments or for making medicines. Since parsley frogs spend their days hidden away, most people never see them. The frogs may still be helpful to humans, however, because they eat insects that some people consider pests.

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