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Amphibians are wonderfully characterful animals that we mainly encounter as they emerge from hibernation in early spring, gathering at ponds to breed. We later see their young in the summer as they leave the ponds following metamorphosis.


‘Amphibian’ comes from the Greek meaning “both kinds of life”, since most species need water to reproduce and require moisture to survive but are capable of living on land. They are an important evolutionary link between water-dwelling fish and land-dwelling reptiles and mammals.

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