Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Natterjack Toad?

Natterjack Toad
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Natterjack Toad (Epidalea calamita, formerly Bufo calamita) is a toad native to sandy and heathland areas of Northern Europe. Adults are 60 - 70 mm in length and are distinguished from the common toad by a yellow line down the middle of the back. They have relatively long legs, and this gives them a distinctive gait, contrasting with the hopping movement of many other toad species.
Natterjacks have a very loud and distinctive mating call, amplified by the single vocal sack found under the chin of the male animal.

So the reason for the lesson on this particular amphibian is because that is what Kylie is officially starting this week! Let me back up a minute- Kylie's school has this thing of naming their classes after a particular insect, amphibian, etc. Little Peyton is a Firefly :). So Kylie started out in the 3 year old class of Centipedes earlier this year and after a successful transition week is officially in the Pre-K class of 4-5 year olds- The Natterjack Toads!

She seems to be doing just fine and welcoming the change and challenges that being a Natterjack is bringing her. I know she will continue to be the bright shining star she already is and be more than ready to take on kindergarten (can I even write that word yet?!?!) a year from this fall!

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