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American Toad

Anaxyrus americanus


This is a medium-sized toad about 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) in length. Color is variable on its rough skin, but the coloring in the photo is representative. They can change color somewhat depending upon temperature and humidity. Their call is a high trill lasting for several seconds.


I find these toads in my yard and in the woods behind the house. They breed in ponds, but are largely terrestrial the rest of the summer and fall.


I often find these young toads in my yard when trimming the grass, which means that I have to move relatively slowly at certain times of the year not to step on or hit one. Most summers, for about an month, our backyard is often swarming with young toads that had spent their early lives as tadpoles in the ponds about 300 meters away.

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Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Roseville, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 45.00, Long: -93.12

Spotted on Aug 14, 2005
Submitted on Feb 16, 2014

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