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Reptiles and Amphibians of North Dakota

Woodhouse's Toad (Bufo woodhousei)

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Woodhouse's toads are large toads reaching lengths of up to five inches. Their coloration varies from green to light brown with a distinctive light stripe down the middle of the back. They inhabit moist areas of western and southern North Dakota. They are commonly found at night near the base of yard lights where there is an abundance of insects.

Woodhouse's toads are named after the 19th century explorer, surgeon, and naturalist, Samuel Woodhouse. These toads were formerly called "Rocky Mountain toads."

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