Amphibians and Reptiles

Amphibians and reptiles are enigmatic groups of animals. Due to their secretive nature, they can be hard to spot! There are four species of native reptile and six species of native amphibian resident in Norfolk. Some of these are widespread but others such as the natterjack toad and palmate newt are much less common and are known to inhabit just a few sites.

All reptiles and amphibians are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, meaning it is illegal to sell or intentionally kill or injure them.
Natterjack toad, by Karl Charters

Questions & advice

What should I do if I find a great crested newt in my pond?
Can amphibians and fish live together?
Why are the tadpoles in my pond not developing?
How do you tell a natterjack toad from a common toad?
What should I do if I have too much frogspawn in my pond?
How can I encourage wildlife into my pond?
If you translocate a newt to another pond will it go back to the ancestral pond?
How long will it take my frogspawn to turn into frogs?
How can I tell the difference between frogspawn and toad spawn?
Where can I get frogs to stock my new pond?
Why is my frogspawn not developing properly?
How can I attract reptiles to my garden?
Where can I see reptiles in Norfolk?
Are snakes harmful?
Why are tadpoles in my pond in autumn and winter?
What reptiles can I see in Norfolk?
What is the difference between an adder a grass snake and a slow worm?
What are the differences between newt species?
What is the difference between a common frog and a common toad?
What is the gestation period of a grass snake?
Are toads likely to breed in my pond?
Toads on the road
There has been ice on my pond and I have found dead frogs, what has happened?
Frogs in my pond are holding on to one another. Should I try to separate them?