Wild Duck (pato-real)

Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos

Parque da Cidade (Oporto – Portugal)

Pato-real – Parque da Cidade

The Mallard, or Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos), probably the best-known and most recognizable of all ducks, is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and sub-tropical America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand (where it is currently the most common duck species), and Australia.

The male birds have a bright green head, while the female’s is light brown. The mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. It is also migratory. The mallard is the ancestor of all domestic ducks, and can interbreed with other species of genus Anas.This interbreeding is causing rarer species of ducks to become genetically diluted.

O pato-real (Anas platyrhynchos) é uma ave anseriforme que habita áreas temperadas e sub-tropicais das Américas, Europa e Ásia. A espécie tem forte dimorfismo sexual, tendo os machos uma cabeça de cor verde muito característica. É o antecessor da maioria dos patos domesticados actuais.

Green Iguanas (iguanas-verde) 4

Scientific name: Iguana iguana

Gaia Biological Park (Portugal)

Iguana – Parque Biológico de Gaia

Perez’s Frog (rá-verde)

Scientific name: Rana perezi

Parque da Cidade (Guimarães – Portugal)

Rá-verde – Parque da Cidade

Frogs are amphibians in the order Anura (meaning “tail-less”, from Greek an-, without + oura, tail), formerly referred to as Salientia (Latin salere (salio), “to jump”).

Most frogs are characterized by long hind legs, a short body, webbed digits (fingers or toes), protruding eyes and the absence of a tail. Frogs are widely known as exceptional jumpers, and many of the anatomical characteristics of frogs, particularly their long, powerful legs, are adaptations to improve jumping performance. Due to their permeable skin, frogs are often semi-aquatic or inhabit humid areas, but move easily on land. They typically lay their eggs in puddles, ponds or lakes, and their larvae, called tadpoles, have gills and develop in water.

Perez’s Frog (Pelophylax perezi or Rana perezi) is a species of frog in the Ranidae family. It is found in southern France, Portugal, Spain, and two sites in the United Kingdom; in Spain it is very abundant, as evidenced by its Spanish name rana común (“common frog”).

Its natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rivers, intermittent rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, sandy shores, arable land, and urban areas. It is not considered threatened by the IUCN.

A rã-verde (Rana perezi ou Pelophylax perezi [1]) é uma espécie de pertencente à família Ranidae. Distribui-se pela Europa Ocidental, em especial Portugal, Espanha, França e Reino Unido.

Tem como habitat natural as florestas e matagais temperados, o matagal arbustivo mediterrânico, rios e ribeiros, cursos de água temporários, pântanos, lagos permanentes ou temporários de água doce, pauis permanentes e temporários, margens arenosas, terrenos de cultivo e áreas urbanas.

Em alguns locais encontra-se ameaçada devido à perda de habitat.