Posts Tagged ‘Anaxyrus fowleri’

Toad-ally in love! (Part 4)

April 26, 2014

The following pair of mating Eastern American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) was spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park on 12 April 2014.

American Toads (mating pair)

Eastern American- and Fowler’s Toads (Anaxyrus fowleri) are similar in appearance and often coexist in the same habitat. Fowler’s Toads are known to hybridize with other species of toads; this may be a pair of hybrid toads.

American Toads (mating pair)

The toads were mating in a small vernal pool located near the terminus of the Hike-Bike Trail.

American Toads (mating pair)

Notice the black-and-white strings of toad eggs faintly visible in all of the photos.

American Toads (mating pair)

Editor’s Note: This is Part 4 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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A Tale of Two Toads

February 20, 2014

Two types of toads, that is. Specifically Eastern American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) and Fowler’s Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri). Eastern American- and Fowler’s Toads are similar in appearance and often coexist in the same habitat.

A rule-of-thumb that may be used to differentiate the two species is the number of “warts per dark spot”: Eastern American Toads have only one- or two large warts in each of its largest dorsal dark spots; Fowler’s Toads have three or more warts in each of its large dorsal color spots.

Eastern American Toads

A couple of Eastern American Toads were spotted during photowalks through Huntley Meadows Park the past two years.

Specimen 1 (17 May 2012)

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.

Specimen 2 (20 September 2013)

Fowler’s Toad

The following photos show a Fowler’s Toad spotted on 16 August 2013 near the head-end of “Basin Trail” at Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Fowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

Fowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

Thanks to Jim Waggener, Bob Studholme, and Kevin Munroe for confirming my tentative field identification of the three toads featured in this post. These gentlemen conduct wildlife surveys of the Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, coordinated by Mr. Waggener.

Related Resources:

  • Friends of Huntley Meadows Park Amphibians species list
  • eastern American toad (Anaxyrus americanus americanus), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Fowler’s toad (Anaxyrus fowleri), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

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