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.
Found under a log .
Funny story about this guy:
So I was asking Richard if he ever found toads in the preserve and he said yes in a pond. So a few minutes later we were looking in a small 3 inch deep ditch for red-bellied newts and I see something hop. It was a Western Toad!
I have never seen one of these guys before as a juvenile and it also secreted its milky substances which I had never saw before.
Toad two of two found in tuft of grass below a dripping garden faucet.
Toad one of two found in tuft of grass below a dripping garden faucet.
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.