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AMPHIBIANS

Black Bayou Lake NWR

OAK TOADS

Anaxyrus quercicus

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Small, brown with black and brown spots on the back, white, cream, or orange dorsal stripe
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Other toads
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Stable
  • DIET: Ants, beetles, centipedes, spiders, other invertebrates
  • HABITAT: Lakes, ponds, swamps, in pine forests
  • BREEDING: April - October; eggs laid in long strings wrapped around vegetation
  • BEHAVIOR: Spends time in burrows, under logs, debris
  • THREATS: Snakes, raccoons, crows, gopher frogs, and parasites
  • HIBERNATION: Burrow made of loose soil
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Most active daytime toad, ability to poison animals that try to eat it with poison glands
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall