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American Toad

(Bufo americanus


The eastern American toad is a medium-sized toad usually ranging in size from 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) The color and pattern is somewhat variable. Skin color can change depending on humidity, stress, and temperature. Colors range from yellow to brown to black.


**** Not to scare anyone, but a word of caution about handling toads**** Toads have enlarged glands (called the paratoid glands) on the side of the neck, one behind each eye. These glands secrete a viscous white poison that gets smeared in the mouth of any would-be predator, inflaming the mouth and throat and causing nausea, irregular heart beat, and, in very very rare cases, death. Toads can pose a danger to small pets, which may pounce on and bite them. If you handle a toad you should take care to wash your hands after handling a toad, and to avoid touching your mouth or eyes until having done so.

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antondazomb 5 years ago

love it, consider adding it to my Frogs of North America mission?

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 6 years ago

Yes, doing that compensates for the rest of the body anyway. We all tend to look at eyes/head naturally.

williefromwi 6 years ago

Yes Kei Heyns, whenever possible, my focal point is set to the head or if possible the eye. I want the head to be tack sharp if I can not get the entire body that way.

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 6 years ago

Excellent capture. I like the fact that you apply the "eye always in focus" rule in most of your shots.

williefromwi 6 years ago

Thanks AdamBrown, and Maria dB

AdamBrown 6 years ago

Beautiful shots Willie!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

nice series!

KarenL 6 years ago


williefromwi 6 years ago

I have photographed a few toads, and even more owls, Karen. I am not sure I would know what either of them looked like if they were happy. Each of them always looks a bit angry or slightly upset to me. Can you point me to a photo of a happy toad?

KarenL 6 years ago

Lovely series - he doesn't look happy though!

Wisconsin, USA

Lat: 43.19, Long: -88.21

Spotted on Jun 11, 2012
Submitted on Jun 13, 2012


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