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  • Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire

    For the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »

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

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Snow on the spines of a Saguaro Cactus

Even though the Sonoran Desert is known as very hot and dry place, snow sometimes falls and accumulates on the desert floor of Saguaro National Park. When it does it turns the desert into a winter wonderland. More...