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Behavioral Ecology

Woodhouse's toad - Anaxyrus woodhousii




  • 2.5-4 inches total length
  • Found in sandy, lowland floodplains
  • Hidden in daytime, hunts at night
  • Breed in river floodplains
  • Feed on a variety of small terrestrial arthropods



Interesting fact:
  • Most toads are poisonous, meaning they must be eaten to inflict damage.  Venomous animals inject their toxins using a bite or sting.  Poisons are thought to have evolved as an anti-predator device, while venoms are thought to have evolved primarily for prey capture.  Toads produce a variety of unique Bufotoxins from the large glands visible behind the eye.






  • Eggs of a Woodhouse's toad in a temporary pool.