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AMPHIBIANS

D'Arbonne NWR

AMERICAN TOADS

Anaxyrus americanus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Brown/red and grey body with black splotches on its back, white belly
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Other toads and frogs
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: (Adults) ants, beetles, moths, earthworms and (Tadpoles) algae, dead fish, other tadpoles
  • HABITAT: Ponds, lakes, swamps, forests, agricultural fields, towns
  • BREEDING: March - July, 4000 - 8000 eggs in 2 rows, eggs hatch in 3 - 12 days
  • BEHAVIOR: Hide during the day, active at dusk and night, dig tunnels
  • THREATS: (Adults) Snakes, especially garter snakes and eastern hognose snakes, hawks, herons, raccoons and (Tadpoles) Large carnivorous bugs like diving beetles
  • HIBERNATION: In self-dug tunnels
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Self-urination to make themselves less tasty to predators, ability to inflate like a balloon so that snakes have difficulty swallowing them
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall