Wildlife Update: Gulf Coast Toad

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.

gulf coast toad

gulf coast toad

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.

3 comments to Wildlife Update: Gulf Coast Toad

  • wet feet

    Nate, i need an assist with GIS ‘stuff’ and hope it’s not too mundane for a little of your time and cranial horsepower.

    I’ve been running a boat in LA and have spent the past month in the Atchafalaya Delta — awesome estuary…

    i’m off til tomorrow, but during my few days onshore, the Quarters Barge my vessel supports has been moved east to Barataria Bay. I discovered that NOAA has kept pace with yall two-wheelers and has an awesome set of downloads available. _____ http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/index.htm

    My problem is that the various ‘free-trial’ raster viewers that they have linked are not meeting my needs (specifically: one dead end @ MapTech’s Site, no raster support @ PolarView’s and too many $$$ actually required with CAPN’s offering) that was three strikes and i need to go tour Avery Island’s Garden with my Gal this morn…

    Can you please suggest a quick and easy option that’ll allow me to view the rasters of the nautical charts i have already downloaded???

    thanx for your time, And i Hope you are doing well ~ health-wise. peace, casey

  • Nate

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s a quick and easy way to view those nautical charts unless you want to drop some coin. The .bsb format seems to be proprietary and owned by Maptech. There seems to be some possibility you could convert those charts into a more usable format, and for that, I think you’ll want to visit http://home.gdal.org/projects/bsb/index.html where you can find some description of what to do.

    I really don’t know what business a government agency has distributing data in a proprietary format. Most government agencies have adopted formats that are at least viewable (if not editable) through free software.

  • wet feet

    thanx bro, i’ll check that site when they get our sat/com hook-up set up again. i appreciate you looking into it…

    i think i may actually get to deploy some skimming equip off my deck this go-round –other than that, i’ll be hauling equip, groceries and whomever is sent to investigate the estuary status. have a good JULY 4th and don’t let em catch the forest a fire with all the fireworks. peace, casey

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