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Green Toad, Bufo debilis


Western Green Toad
The Green Toads are small toads only reaching lengths of about 2 inches. The Eastern Green Toad (Bufo debilis debilis) is generally a bright green with numerous small warts, many of which are black. The Western Green Toad (Bufo debilis insidior - shown here) is often a paler green color compared to the eastern subspecies. It can have small black spots and bars on the dorsal surface which sometimes connect to more or less form a network. Green Toads also have very large parotid glands that extend from just behind the eye on to the forearm. This character is shared with the Sonoran Green Toad whose range does not overlap with the Green Toad (but differs in having a distinct network of black lines on a green background). The Cane Toad, which overlaps in with Eastern green Toad in south Texas, also has a large parotid gland, but this toad is large, up to 6 inches or more, and brown in color. Green Toads are found in fairly dry habitats and are seldom seen except after periods of heavy rain.
Range of the Green Toad

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