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Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
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Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)

General Description: A small toad with red spots on the warts. No yellow stripe down the back. During breeding season, the call is a high-pitched trill.

Taxonomy: Order Frogs and Toads (Anura); Family True Toads (Bufonidae). Formerly Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus).

Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Parotid glands (white) small and round

Technical Description: Body size small (2 in; max 3 in.) and flat. Dorsal color grayish-brown with reddish warts. Ventral surface whitish to buff; unmarked. Parotid glands round; parietal ridges small or absent.

Diet: Insects.

Habitat: Deserts, rocky areas, and agricultural areas, usually near natural or man-made sources of permanent water.

Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Typical habitat (Lake Mead NRA, Grapevine Canyon)

Range: Southwestern U.S. from California to Texas, and from Utah and Kansas south into central Mexico. This species occurs throughout Clark County in the appropriate habitat.

Breeding: Breeds from April to September after rains. This is the only North American toad that lays eggs one at a time on the bottom of pools. Active at twilight. Amplexis pectoral.

Similar Species: Other species of toads in southern Nevada have prominent cranial crests or oval parotid glands.

Comments:

Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Male toad singing
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Male and female in amplexis
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Unusually red toad
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Young toad
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Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
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Red-spotted Toad scat
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad scat
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad scat
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Red-spotted Toad scat
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Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
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Red-spotted Toad tracks in wet sand
Red-spotted Toad
Red-spotted Toad tracks in wet sand
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Hundreds of tadpoles in a drying puddle
Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)
Tadpoles in ephemeral desert stream

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 110807

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