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Amargosa Toad (Anaxyrus nelsoni)
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Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)

General Description: A small with dorsal blotches toad and short legs and arms.

Taxonomy: Order Frogs and Toads (Anura); Family True Toads (Bufonidae). Formerly Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni).

Technical Description: Size small (2-3 in.). Resembles a Western Toad, but head narrow, snout long, skin smoother, and limbs short (elbow and knee do not touch when body is held straight).

Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)

Diet: Insects.

Habitat: Springs and outflows, often with riparian vegetation (e.g., Cottonwood Trees) at the interface between the Great Basin (northern) and Mojave (southern) deserts.

Range: This species is restricted to a few spring areas and ponds in and around the town of Beatty, Nye County, Nevada.

Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)

Breeding: Breeds March to April. Amplexis pectoral.

Similar Species: The Western Toad is larger, head broader, snout shorter, limbs longer, feet larger with more webbing, more warts.

Comments:

Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni)

Note that elbow and knee can not touch.

Amargosa Toad (Bufo nelsoni) Close up of dorsal pattern.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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