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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?

Fire

Buffelgrass burns at 1300-1600 F, hot enough to melt aluminum and the fire can travel near the speed of the wind. Even in moderate weather, it can travel at 2-3 mph with 12-18 ft flame lengths, making it a real threat to the lives of firefighters