frogs

of Tennessee

 

American Toad

Anaxyrus americanus
 
Photo by Lisa Powers

Description:  American toads (Anaxyrus americanus) are 2 - 3.5 inches long. Their coloration varies from shades of gray or brown to brick red. They have some spotting on the chest, and only 1 - 2 warts per dark spot. The cranial crests do not lie against the parotoid glands (see Fowler's toad.)

Habitat: They occupy a wide variety of habitats from backyard gardens to upland forests.

Life History: Females lay spiral strands of 4000 - 8000 eggs that normally hatch within 1 week. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes about 2 months. The toad reaches maturity in 2 - 3 years.

Range: They are found statewide.

Additional Notes:

Behavior: They are active mostly at night.

Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:

 

Distribution of the American Toad in Tennessee

Map by Susan Marden, TWRA, GIS Lab

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

Photo by Lisa Powers

 

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