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Western Toad

Western toad is a large species of toad found in western North America. Individuals inhabiting lower elevations are nocturnal whereas those dwelling at higher elevations are diurnal. There are two known subspecies of this species.



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


    Size 5.6 to 13 cm (2.2 to 5.1 in)
    Color Dusky gray or greenish upper surface with a white or cream stripe; mottled underside
    Distribution Western North America
    Habitat In or near ponds, rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs in grasslands and mountain meadows at an elevation from sea level to 11000 ft; also found in desert streams and springs
    Diet Bees, ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crayfish, arachnids, sowbugs
    Hibernation Fact Hibernate during winter
    Predators Garter snakes, raccoons, coyotes, birds
    Breeding Season Late January to July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 17000 eggs
    Incubation Period 3 to 12 days
    Metamorphosis Period Within 3 months
    Reproductive Age Male: Around 3 years of age
    Female: Around 4 to 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan 9 to 11 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on April 23rd 2017 by under Toads. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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