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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

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Gila Monster

Gila monsters are one of two venomous lizards in the world. The other is the similar Mexican beaded lizard. Gila monster venom evolved as a defensive rather than offensive weapon.