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American Toad

Anaxyrus americanus

3 Species ID Suggestions

Southern toad
Bufo terrestris
Oak toad
Bufo quercicus Oak Toad - North Carolina
AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago
American Toad
Anaxyrus americanus


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AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

I took Herpetology in 2011 and was also taught Bufo, but I'm doing my Master's right now on reptiles and amphibians so have retaught myself all the proper names, there have been lots of changes over the years. There is a caterpillar expert online now, you can post the links in Nature Chat and I will ask him to look at them for you :)

JudiNicholson
JudiNicholson 7 years ago

Well please contact Davidson College and ask them to update their info. I took the class in 2012 and the NCPARC and NAMMP folks were still using Bufo to id the toads. On another subject, do you know about caterpillars? I have an id request in for one and I haven't received any ID suggestions.

richjmartin33
richjmartin33 7 years ago

I appreciate the help from both of you. Ashley, you seem like a plethora of knowledge. Thanks a ton.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

And the Genus was changed in 2009.

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

American Toads are highly variable and often have this stripe too. Oak Toads are not found in this part of North Carolina either. http://www.herpsofnc.org/herps_of_NC/anu...

JudiNicholson
JudiNicholson 7 years ago

Well I'm not sure when they changed the taxonomy, I'm using the terms I was taught. As it is, you are right, it is not a Southern toad, it is an oak toad, please note the stripe down the middle of it's back. My source is Jeff Hall with the NAMMP project in North Carolina

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

The Southern Toad is only in SE North Carolina, not where this toad was spotted at. And Southern Toads have knobs on the cranial crests, which this toad does not have. And Bufo is no longer the Genus for North American toads, please use the correct taxonomy if you are going to suggest an ID.

JudiNicholson
JudiNicholson 7 years ago

Could be a Southern toad Bufo terrestris

richjmartin33
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richjmartin33

Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Aug 14, 2013
Submitted on Aug 23, 2013

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