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Southern Toad

Bufo terrestris

 

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Bufo_terrestris_adult - click to enlarge

HABITAT

In many different habitats from sandy areas along lakes and ponds, to wooded hammocks and highland scrub.

BREEDING SEASON

Spring/Summer, March-September

SIMILAR TADPOLES

Bufo quercicus, Bufo marinus, Scaphoipus Holbrookii

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Bufo_terrestris_tadpole - click to enlarge

APPEARANCE

Head

Dorsal close set eyes.

Body

Bufo terrestris tadpoles are dark and broad.  Their body is wider near the vent than the eyes. The whole body including the belly is dark with golden lines under each eye that extend diagonally upwards.

Tail

The tail is short and rounded and the fins are clear with light mottling along the edges.   

APPROXIMATE MAXIMUM SIZE

Small:   0.9 inches, 24mm.

Bufo_terrestris_tadpole_length

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