"Found in my parents' swimming pool."
- Felipe Lepe
Observation and photo by Felipe Lepe.
A toad with a light colored stripe down the center of it's back.
two 2.5 cm long toadlets in headwater perennial springs in steep, open sedge/grass meadow.
in the garden following a thunder shower
Sunny, warm afternoon near Columbia River. Toad out looking for bugs in campground lawn grass.
My friends and I were exploring the field after a fire wiped out the whole thing. We were going up one of the little canals in the field hen I saw something jump. I thought it was a treefrog at first but boy was it something better. I guess a lot of these guys went underground by the swamps and survived during the fire. I was very happy not only to find this guy but to find out that amphibians, very fragile animals, were able to survive. I know we are in a drought but I decide to use a bottle of water to make his area wet. Most of it was dry but there were some damp places.
The western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) more commonly known as Bufo boreas (both names accurate) is a large toad species, between 5.6 and 13 cm long, of western North America. It has a white or cream dorsal stripe, and is dusky gray or greenish dorsally with skin glands concentrated within the dark blotches. Its parotoid glands are oval, widely separated, and larger than the upper eyelids. It has a mottled venter and horizontal pupils but lacks cranial crests.