Found a dried up frog on Goat Rock Beach, likely picked up by a gull and later dropped. Unsure of the species. Would appreciate an id!
Bufo Boreas (male?)
Western toad tadpoles in shallow cattle pond. I was surprised because this seems early in the year.
Found in the pool filter at my friend's house. It looks like its left front arm is broken. (photo taken inside the house in a critter keeper).
Grabbed for a quick photo before being released unharmed.
My fellow RCD naturalist Lynne had found this toad before our nature tour at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in the grassy amphitheater area. The toad, whom Lynne thought was a female-see below) was injured by a grass-cutting machine--see second pic.
After researching a bit on the Net, Lynne wrote:
The California toad is a subspecies of the Western toad -- from the photos on the internet I think ours is a female California toad.
The males are usually smaller,and they have darker thumbs and a dark spot on their throat.They also "trill" and will make squeaky noises when you pick them up.
Our chap did not "trill" but then he was not in the best of health. It was so big that I think it must have been a female.
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.