I want to try to have a series of wildlife photo posts, and here’s my first official post in that series.
I captured these photos a few weeks ago. Every year in May and June, I get toads in the front. I think they really like my front gardens, where I use a lot of native pine straw as mulch and the soil is good and loose for them to search for prey.
I had a hard time getting a face shot, this guy was very photo-shy. The second picture is the best I could get. If you’re wondering what these guys sound like, Texas Parks and Wildlife has a nice example in an .aiff format.
I am finding the scientific name to be different in many different sources. I find Incilius valliceps, Bufo valliceps, and Bufo nebulifer. This is probably a case of taxonomists reclassifying the animal as new data is published in the research. Early taxonomic classifications were based on anatomic similarities between species. As genetic studies become more common, many species are being reclassified as the DNA shows the taxonomic relationships are different from those first believed.
Characteristics for this species are the stripes on the sides behind the eyes and the deep furrow between the eyes. Their coloration is otherwise pretty variable. These toads can get up to about 4-5 inches long and they live in a variety of habitats, and will travel far from water. There’s a rather large pond not far from my house where these toads more than likely breed.