Photograph by Mathieu Foulquié, Biosphoto
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With the mating season under way, two common toads get intimately acquainted in a shallow of the Lez River. Their reproductive embrace—in which the smaller male clasps the female beneath her forelegs—is called axillary amplexus.
Photograph by Mathieu Foulquié, Biosphoto

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Spain On a frigid winter day in Andalusia’s Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, a rain-fed pond ripples with color and life. Geranium leaves, frozen oxygen bubbles, and nutrient-rich algae share space beneath a thin sheet of ice scored with thaw lines.
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