Western Toad (Bufo boreas), Rancho Oso, Santa Barbara County, California - 17 April 2011.
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus Boreas
Common Name: Western Toad
Found just before 7pm, just off Palm Canyon Drive.
It was raining heavily at the time - and had been all day.
Pretty sure it was the first major rain of the year.
western toad metamorphs
The Western toad or Boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas) is a large toad species, between 5.6 and 13Â 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.