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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

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  • Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Wildland Fire Activity

    Due to fire activity and 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 »

  • Short Term Trail Closures for Buffelgrass Treatment

    Between August 19 and August 29, isolated trails in both districts may be closed for a short duration as aerial treatment of invasive buffelgrass is happening in that area. Closures will be posted at each trail and announced on facebook daily. More »

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?

The forest of the Saguaro Wilderness Area.

Saguaro National Park is more than just a desert park. In fact, the highest point in the eastern district is Mica Mountain at 8,666 ft. There you will find a dense forest of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, alligator-bark juniper, and aspen.