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Red-spotted Toad, Bufo punctatus

Red-spotted Toad Red-spotted Toad
The Red-spotted Toad is one of the smaller toads, reaching lengths around 2 1/2 to 3 inches. The only toad with round parotid glands that are the same size as the eye. They have a general body pattern that is flattened. This allows them to crawl beneath rocks and crevices where these night active toads spend much of the day hiding. Though sometimes encountered in the flood plains of rivers, they are more often found among rocks where they prefer to hide. Their dorsal coloration ranges from various shades of brown to gray with scattered red spots. They breed from March to September, in connection with rains.
Red-Spotted Toad Range

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