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Found about 6" underground while I was digging potatoes in the garden. This toad vocalized loudly when I first disturbed it (with my fingers, not a shovel). Then it crawled deeper into the mud.
Anaxyrus is a subgenus of true toads, genus Bufo, native to North and Central America. Some authors have recognized Anaxyrus as a separate genus, but this makes the rest of Bufo paraphyletic.