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Black Toad

Black toad is a species of true toad found in California in the United States. It is confined to scattered oases in the Deep Springs Valley of Inyo County, California. The species is more aquatic than other species of toad in California. The toad is diurnal and crepuscular, turning mostly nocturnal during the heat of late spring and summer.



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


    Other Names Inyo toad, Deep Springs toad
    Size Around 5 cm (2 in)
    Color Black base color covered with white and tan speckles; a white midline running down the spine from head to rump
    Distribution California (United States)
    Habitat Watercourses, irrigation ditches, marshes formed by water flow from springs surrounded by cold desert grasslands
    Diet Small invertebrates
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate in burrows during winter
    Breeding Season Late March to May
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period 5 days
    Metamorphosis Period 3 to 5 weeks
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 24th 2017 by under Toads. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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