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Smallish toad up to 3" with a flattened head and body and round glands (parotoid glands) at the back of each side of the head that are about the same size as the eyes. Red-spotted toads lack prominent crests on the head. It is pale gray to tan above with small red or yellowish-red warts.
This is a toad of arroyos, desert streams, springs, tinajas, and cattle tanks.