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Oak Toad

Bufo quercicus

 

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Bufo_quercicus_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

Shallow, semi-permanent, temporary fishless ponds. Lives in well drained uplands such as sandy pine scrublands and pinewoods.   

BREEDING SEASON

Spring/Summer, April-September

SIMILAR TADPOLES

 Bufo terrestris, Scaphiopus holbrookii

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Bufo_quercicus_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Dorsal eyes. There is a black spot over each eye and nostril. The snout curves abruptly downward.

Body

These small tadpoles are dark olive or grayish to almost black with a lighter belly.  A mid-dorsal line may be apparent.

Tail

The tail has a low arch and a series of distinct white bands along the tail muscle with clear to slightly spotted fins.  

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Small:   0.9 inches, 24mm.

Bufo_quercicus_tadpole_length

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