The PADDENTREK phenomenon

02 Apr

Come to think of it, the Dutch have a lot of habits regarding animals. I have a new post about animals, this time about the paddentrek, the migration of toads.


Some amphibian species, among which the common toad (bufo bufo) and the salamanders, hibernate in the woods, sheltered, and in the spring they wake up and begin a straight mass movement to the nearest stagnant water where they lay eggs and fertilize them. For this purpose, they can cross distances of up to 1,5 km, which happens at twilight and at night. The scientists have not yet discovered how these animals are able to orientate and how they know where the water they are heading for is. And because there are thousands of amphibians moving at the same time and in a straight line, crossing all sorts of obstacles, such as roads, many times they are the victims of cars and bicyclists.

The Dutch wouldn’t be Dutch if they didn’t get involved also in the fate of  these animals.

Not only by road signs such as this:

File:Paddentrek Oranjewoud 02.JPG


but also by volunteering and getting out on the roads in the evening, gathering amphibians in buckets and taking them on the other side of the road. Also, the volunteers have the duty to count the encountered animals, not only the helped ones, but also the ones for whom help came too late and who were killed.

File:Paddenoverzet 001.jpg


So maybe next to a visit at Keukenhof I can tempt you with a volunteer action with toads? 🙂

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Posted by on 2 April 2012 in ENGLISH POST, Fenomene olandeze


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