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Woodhouse toad

Bufo woodhousii

Description:

Small toad found by a pond I assume it's a fowlers but I need confirmation

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8 Comments

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

It looks like the paratoid glands are separate from the cranial crests, so I lean heavily toward Woodhouse's.

KevinBBabbitt
KevinBBabbitt 9 years ago

If i hadnt left my ok reptiles and amphibian guide at my dads i could have identified it so its a woodhouse?

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

It's a taxonomic argument made for a very small portion of OK, but I don't know of any herp people who have taken the fowleri side of it. In our printed OK field guide the author states: "East Texas toad (Bufo woodhousii velatus) has been reported from sandy areas near water in extreme southeastern Oklahoma although not all herpetologists recognize this as a valid subspecies. Some herpetologists feel that it belongs to the species Bufo fowleri and is not a distinct entity."

Regardless of how you feel about species/subspecies, there's no way this can be a Fowler's toad if it's from Tulsa. That's much too far north of the aforementioned range in question.

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago

This might help but Aaron might be right.
A key to Amphibians and Reptiles of the Continental United States and Canada.
16a. Dorsal spots relatively indistinct (appearing almost "washed-out") and encircling one to several warts; range largely restricted to the Great Plains and arid Southwest U.S. -------B. woodhousii
16b. Dorsal spots usually large and well-defined, frequently six in number, and encircling three or more warts; range largely east of the Great Plains ----- B. fowlerii

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago

But it maybe in Eastern Oklahoma

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago
Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

We don't have Fowler's toads in Oklahoma. The pic is a bit fuzzy, but from what I can see, I'd say it's a Woodhouse's toad.

Jellis
Jellis 9 years ago

Fowler's. American toads have 1-2 warts in the dark spots while the Fowlers has 3 or more. Also if you turn it over, the Fowlers has a greyish belly with maybe faded spots. American has a mottled/spotted belly ..

KevinBBabbitt
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KevinBBabbitt

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 3, 2012

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