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Great Plains Toad

Great Plains toad

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Great Plains Toad (Bufo cognatus)

This toad is most easily recognizable by paired blotches on its back and a white dorsal stripe. Like most desert toads, they become active during the summer rainy season. The male’s call is an explosive clatter lasting up to a minute.

Length: 1 4/5- 4 ½ in. (4.6- 11.4 cm)

Diet: Insects

Did You Know?

The flower of a Staghorn Cholla

Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.