The following photos show another pair of Eastern American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park on 12 April 2014. The toads were mating in a large vernal pool located near the terminus of the Hike-Bike Trail.
The pair of toads featured in this post and in Part 2 are quite different in coloration.
The color is highly variable, from brick-red through browns and olive grays to light gray. Source Credit: eastern American toad (Anaxyrus americanus americanus), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The reddish-orange color of the female toad is beautiful. (I thought I’d never use the words “toad” and “beautiful” in the same sentence!)
Notice the black-and-white strings of toad eggs visible in all three photos.
Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 in a five-part series of posts featuring two types of toads commonly seen at Huntley Meadows Park: Eastern American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus); and Fowler’s Toads (Anaxyrus fowleri).
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