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Southern Toad

Bufo (Anaxyrus) terrestris


I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find a good sized toad in my garden. If he had not hopped, I would not have seen him. I assume it is a common toad, brown speckled with a white line down his back.


Gardens, areas that attract insects. This toad was introduced into Florida to help the Sugar cane farmers. Will adjust to eating many things, even pet food.


By the way last night in the Papaya tree, I actually saw a frog leap at a Hawksmoth. Didn't catch him.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Marine Toad (aka Cane Toad & Giant Toad)
Rhinella marina Florida Wildlife Extension at UF/IFAS
Josh Young
Josh Young 11 years ago
Southern toad
Bufo (Anaxyrus) terrestris FLMNH - Herpetology Checklist of Florida Amphibians and Reptiles

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nexttogone 11 years ago

Nice find. I love the patterns on this one.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Sorry, Josh Young is correct in his ID here...the Marine Toad does not have cranial crests as this one does including the knobs that are characteristic of the southern toad.

Josh Young
Josh Young 11 years ago

Southern toads occur all the way through to the Southern extent of Florida. This is a southern toad and not a Cane (Marine) toad.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

The American Toad does not occur in Florida. This is a young marine toad.

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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Sep 7, 2012
Submitted on Sep 7, 2012

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