Burrowed in the mud
I found a squished toad, caked in mud, quite by accident. I actually kicked it with my foot on accident (I didn't step on it, it was long dead; look at the desiccation). Anyway, an ID would be appreciated. I think this is a California Toad ~ Bufo boreas halophilus.
Again, ID's appreciated!
Also attached is an image of a large puddle. Could this be a vernal pool and/or breeding habitat for this toad population? The toad was about a mile away from the pond/pool/puddle.
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.