This B. boreas was observed crossing a dirt road at night. This was the second B. boreas seen that night.
Under a wood board
Photo by Suzanne Zubak
Approximately 15 spawning western toads; males. In shallows where Shady Creek reaches the impoundment formed by the check dam over which Shady Creek Dr. crosses the creek. Observed at night in kayak at about 8:30 to 9 PM.
Pond below David house.
Many pairs in amplexus actively laying egg strands while we were conducting our survey.
These guys were out in force tonight. Encountered 5 on the road, and one swimming in the pond. I still have not located confirmed breeding pools.
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.