Tuesday, August 3, 2010

American Toadlet

Here is an interesting amphibian I spotted last week while hiking through
the lower end of Anderson Run. This tributary is a part of the Pea
Vine subwatershed and empties into Captina near Armstrong Mills. I'm
always on the lookout for frogs, toads and slalmanders and today I was
rewarded with a juvenile American Toad (Bufo americanus) I'm guessing this
individual metamorphosed earlier in June and is now a resident of the
wetlands next to the run. Note the single warts surrounded by black circles.
Barely measuring a half inch, this individual should be fully grown and
ready to reproduce in two years.  More amphib pics later....   

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