American Toad

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American Toad Crouched in the Leaves

This American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) was spotted by the stewardship team crouched down in the leaf litter. Perhaps the most common toad species in the northeastern U.S. and Canada, they can be found in a range of forest, riparian, suburban, and even urban habitats. They are incredibly adaptable, as long as their environment has plenty of insects, shelter, and some kind of water source for them to utilize during the breeding season. Like all amphibians, American toads lay their eggs, up to 8000 per clutch, in a water source, usually a pond or lake but occasionally a large puddle is suitable. 

Photo by Abby Ides.