Tadpoles, one with back legs and one without.
juvenile north beach
In one of the surrounding pools of water near the waterfall, I had found at least two tadpoles of the Western Toad species. As I came in closer to get a better picture, one of them swam out, otherwise I would have gotten both of them in the picture for better clarity.
A toad crossing a small trail path off Topanga State Park just after sunset
Counted ten of these along the road tonight. I know they got rain here yesterday so perhaps this got them hopping? Still very dry.
juvenile toadlet on trail.
Large adult toad near extensive beaver pond complex
Decent-sized western toad, about 3" from nose to rear. It was a warm evening, about 82 degrees, which is why this one was out at night instead of the 100+ degree day we had today.
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.