The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 04. Effects of ingested radio transmitters on Bufo bufo and Rana temporaria


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Authors: R. S. Oldham And M. J. S. Swan.

Abstract: Fourteen adult common frogs (Rana temporaria) and 40 common toads (Bufa bufo) were forced fed with 2.5 g radio transmitters. The transmitters lodged in the stomach and were regurgitated after 2 to 13 days in the frog and 2 to 38 days in the toad. They did not significantly affect either feeding rates or mass fluctuations of the toads. Reception range was up to 1 00 m and battery life 33 to 47 days. Twenty three toads tracked on a daily basis during the summer showed displacement of between 0 and 1 08 m, animals commonly staying in one place for several days.

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