Unusual behavior of amphibians

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Unusual behavior of amphibians

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:58 pm

During my herp trip to Israel I came across something strange that I can't understand. In one of the ponds on Mount Carmel I found Hyla savignyi in amplexus with Salamandra infraimmaculata. I've never seen anything like this before and I can't understand why it happened. Salamanders have poison glands along the back and I doubt that H. savignyi is immune to salamanders' poison. Can anybody explain this unusual behavior of amphibians?

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Re: Unusual behavior of amphibians

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:14 pm

Well, once I saw a Rana arvalis male "attacking" a Salamandra salamandra in the same way...
But the "crazy" blue males of Rana arvalis, in their mating frenzy, would just grab ANYTHING...
poisonous or not, dead or alive, whatever it costs...
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Re: Unusual behavior of amphibians

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:24 pm

Regarding "dead or alive", just have a look at this (rather disgusting) scene:

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Re: Unusual behavior of amphibians

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:49 pm

Berislav Horvatic wrote:Well, once I saw a Rana arvalis male "attacking" a Salamandra salamandra in the same way...
But the "crazy" blue males of Rana arvalis, in their mating frenzy, would just grab ANYTHING...
poisonous or not, dead or alive, whatever it costs...


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Re: Unusual behavior of amphibians

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:55 pm

Never mind the "unusual" behavior of amphibians, they're a really crazy lot... But I forgot to tell you
one important thing: that your photos are superb.
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