Britain has two native frogs, two toads, and three species of newts.
- Of these, the common frog and common toad are likely to be found in gardens throughout Britain
- The common or smooth newt and the palmate newt are also widely distributed
- Some garden ponds may have the scarce and protected great crested newt, while some gardens, especially in south east England, may have the non-native green marsh frogs
- The natterjack toad and the pool frog are unlikely to occur in gardens
These animals feed on a wide range of insects, spiders and other small invertebrate animals, including some garden pests.
- Although the adults and juveniles do most of their feeding on land, all of these amphibians must have still water, such as a pond, in which they will mate and lay eggs
- The eggs hatch into tadpoles that initially feed on algae but later they also feed on insects that have fallen in the water and drowned. They are also predatory and will eat invertebrates in ponds. The tadpoles gradually develop legs and, in the case of frogs and toads, reabsorb their tails, and become small frogs, toads or newts