Engulfed

Common toad mating ball, one of three in this breeding pond in 2016, unfortunately the female was long dead but the males are so intend on breeding they don't notice and as some individuals leave others join the ball. With so many males the females often drown before having the chance to lay their eggs, at one point this female was engulfed by twelve males

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Engulfed

Common toad mating ball, one of three in this breeding pond in 2016, unfortunately the female was long dead but the males are so intend on breeding they don't notice and as some individuals leave others join the ball. With so many males the females often drown before having the chance to lay their eggs, at one point this female was engulfed by twelve males

Common toad (Bufo bufo)
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