W is for…Bufo Woodhousii

Today is the twenty-third day of the April A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here.

 

Bufo Woodhousii – Woodhouse Toad

 This good sized toad can reach 5″.  Like most toads the woodhouse toad ranges in colors from light grey to brown with contrasting colored spots.

 

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The B. Woodhousii is similar to other toads, but can be distinguished by the long oval parotoid glands and 2 horny tubercles on each hind foot.

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This toad is nocturnal and its call sounds similar to a bleating sheep 1-3 seconds long.

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 B. woodhousii can be found throughout Central & SW U.S, along with portions of Mexico.  They can inhibit grasslands, deserts, river valleys and agricultural areas.  This is why the IUCN lists them as Least Concern.

 

Check out my previous A to Z posts:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V

Sources:

(1) Amphibiaweb (2) IUCN Redlist (3) Wikipedia

Image Sources:

(1) Herps of Texas(2&3) California Herps

 

 

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18 thoughts on “W is for…Bufo Woodhousii

  1. Like a bleating sheep? I’d love to hear that. Or, who knows, maybe I already have (I did grow up in Mexico) and never knew it because it sounded like a sheep 😀

    Great post! And kudos for staying on track with the Challenge! Almost there… almost there 😉
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

    1. Very true! You could have heard it many times before and just thought it was a sheep!

      Almost made it! I ran out of pre-typed posts about a week ago hence why they are later in the day now!

  2. That looks like some of the toads here around my house. I live in Austin TX. I’ve heard the toads before but can’t remember thinking bleating sheep at the time. I’ll have to give that a closer listen…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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