Yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata)
In late spring and summer the mating calls of the yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata) can be heard. Dull, but melodic “Uh…uh…uh“ sounds coming from the ponds. The male and female look the same with a grey-brown top side. Their underside is a spectacular yellow and it is this that gives the animals their name. When under attack, they adopt a defensive posture known as the unken reflex, in which they arch their backs to expose their yellow belly. From June onwards, the yellow-bellied toads gather in large numbers in small, shallow ponds as these warm up very quickly.