Eastern American Toad

Bufo americanus americanus

American Toad
Photo by Eric Williams
Description: American Toads are 2-3.5 inches long.  Coloration varies from tan to light brown to dark brown and from dully patterned to heavily mottled.  American Toads have 1 to 2 warts per dark spot on the back, some mottling on the chest area, enlarged warts on the tibia, and the parotid gland is either separated from or connected with a short spur to the ridge located behind the eye.

Habitat:  Adults can be found in a wide variety of habitats including forests and open meadows.

Behavior:  American Toads and Fowler's Toads (Bufo woodhousii fowleri) will hybridize, making identification difficult at times.  The voice of the American Toad is a long trill lasting several seconds.

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