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Southern Toad

Southern toad is a medium-sized species of true toad found in the southeastern United States. The toad is mainly nocturnal and lives in burrows or under logs or pile of debris during the day.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Bufonidae
    Genus Anaxyrus
    Scientific Name Anaxyrus terrestris


    Size Up to 9.2 cm (3.6 in)
    Weight Around 19 g (0.67 oz)
    Color Brick red to brown, black or mottled gray head, back and sides with pale underparts
    Distribution Southern Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, south Carolina
    Habitat Around coastal plains, mixed forest environments, agricultural fields, pinewoods, backyards
    Diet Invertebrates like ants, beetles, spiders, other insects
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during the winter months
    Predators Two-toed amphiuma, giant water bugs, variety of snakes, cane toad, North American newts, lesser siren
    Breeding Season February to October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2500-4000 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 4 days
    Metamorphosis Period 30 to 55 days
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 10 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 23rd 2017 by under Toads. Article was last reviewed on 19th May 2017.

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