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Red-Spotted Toad

red-spotted toad

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Red-spotted Toad (Bufo punctatus)

This small toad is easily identified by its round parotoid glands (directly behind the eye) and scattered red bumps. The male’s call is a high pitched trill, something like that of a cricket, and can be heard during rainy summer nights. This is the only toad species in the Sonoran Desert that lays eggs singly.

Length: 1 ½ - 3 in. (3.8 -7.6 cm)

Diet: Insects

Did You Know?

Saguaro Blossoms

The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. In early summer, the Tohono O’odham people come to Saguaro National Park to harvest the saguaro fruit.