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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.


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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