American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) are on the move!

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American Toads (Anaxyrus americanus) are on the move. Completing their metamorphisis from tadpole to adult these little toadlets have started climbing out of their wetland nurseries to forage in nearby forest and fields. Watch out for these guys on paths and roads as knots (a group of toads is called a knot) of them make their move after a warm night of rain.

The American toad is light to dark brown with 1 or 2 raised brown “warts” within each dark spot on body
Behind each eye there are two raised kidney-shaped glands known as the paratoid glands. The American toad is our most terrestrial amphibian and is often found some distance from water. It is most active after rain and in the evenings, and is often found in urban areas and gardens. Toads breed in April and May depending on pond temperature. Toads will breed in temporary ponds or shallow areas of large, permanent ponds.

Join us next May at the Toronto Zoo for our annual Spring Toad Festival! This event celebrates a time when male toads can be heard and seen calling in search of that special someone.