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Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

Great Plains Toad (Bufo cognatus)

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Great Plains toads are the only North Dakota toads with large, dark, symmetrical blotches on their backs. Some toads may or may not have a light stripe down the middle of the back.

These toads inhabit the grasslands of North Dakota. They are accomplished burrowers in loose soil and are found at night along roadsides or irrigation ditches where insects are plentiful.

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