Lataste’s frog

Despite its reddish-brown color and its relatively small size allow it to go unnoticed, this frog can be easily recognized by the long jumps it takes when bothered. In Vicenza the Lataste’s frog population is mainly concentrated in the resurgence area, where it adapted to watery habitats along streams where trees, hedges and small uncultivated areas can still be found. This frog is protected by international regulations such as the Berne Convention and the European Habitats Directive.

European tree frog

Unlike other amphibians the Italian tree frog is able to climb trees, bushes and aquatic plants using the adhesive discs on the digits of its hands and feet. In recent times the population of this species in the Vicenza area appears to be declining.

European green toad

Toad with a distinctive speckled coloration and elusive, nocturnal habits; a lowland species, the green toad is commonly found in wetlands and temporary ponds. It feeds on insects, earthworms and snails and can also be found in basements of houses.

Common toad

The common toad can be distinguished from the European green toad for its larger size and its fairly uniform shade of brown. During breeding season females produce long gelatinous strings containing thousands of eggs.

Northern crested newt

This amphibian is the biggest newt that can be found in Bressanvido. Despite its quite colorful belly and the size of females, growing up to almost 20 centimeters long, the crested newt is hard to spot in the wild due to its elusive and mostly nocturnal habits. Populations of this species have been declining especially in lowland habitats; the main threat is habitat destruction through agricultural development and urban sprawl.

Smooth newt

Small, shy amphibian, quite hard to spot despite its large diffusion in the area. The smooth newt lives in shallow waters from February to June and spends the rest of the year underground in wet areas.

Grass snake

Harmless snake found in wetlands or sluggish streams, easily recognizable for the characteristic yellow and black collar behind the head. It feeds on frogs and other amphibians, insects and crustaceans.

Dice snake

Non-venomous snake living mainly by waterways where it preys on fish, its main food source.

Smooth snake

Small-medium reptile with a simple coloration; in Vicenza the Smooth snake is largely spread in the resurgence zone, though not being exclusive to this area.

European green lizard

Bright-green saurian with a large lizard-like body. The European green lizard is often found by ponds in the resurgence area, where the riparian vegetation is a source of shelter and food; it is a shy lizard, swiftly running away when bothered by human presence. 

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