Genève Aéroport, fertile ground for natterjack toads to spawn


The natterjack toad

The natterjack toad Epidalea Calamita is listed as endangered on the Red List of threatened amphibians in Switzerland. Its decline is due to the disappearance of its primary habitats. The natterjack toad and its breed-ing sites are protected by Swiss law.

Natterjack toads at Genève Aéroport

At Genève Aéroport, temporary puddles formed near the runway this spring when there was heavy rainfall. These wet spots are ideal for the natterjack toads that came to spawn there during May. To ensure that the tadpoles grew properly in sufficiently deep water, the Genève Aéroport runway service poured water into the puddles regularly during the summer. The natterjack toads have now reached adult size and have left their puddle for the grasslands of Genève Aéroport.

For more information on the natterjack toad (FR or GE): Coordination Centre for the Protection of Amphibians and Rep-tiles in Switzerland.

This spring, Genève Aéroport's puddles allowed natterjack toads, a protected species in Switzerland, to spawn.

Posted by Genève Aéroport on Tuesday, August 18, 2015