I was digging up some Vinca under an old Elderberry when I heard a sound and saw this HUGE toad, 6 inches long or more, coming out of a hole he had dug in the soft ground.
My little buddy came back on the wood deck to look for moisture and something to eat, in the evening, I guess.
Found this toad belly-up on one of the steps into my swimming pool. This one is the largest dead toad I've removed from the pool. From nose to tail it was about 4 cm. Many smaller ones, as many as five per morning, have been scooped from the pool, all dead. I hope some are surviving. I think they might be eating insects in my back yard which is pretty wild in places.
Adult; photo by Niessa Munoz
@10am thousands of toadlets and froglets hunkering in coyote footprints in mud in area. Many dessicated seen nearby. This (perhaps previous year's juvenile) seen actively hopping around near the footprints. In annual flood area. Regular herpers have not seen any amphibians in this specific area since- as of 5-2014
Observed at UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science Field Station.
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.