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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Oak toad (Anaxyrus quercicus)

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Very small, multi-colored toad with an apparent white, cream or orange dorsal stripe. Reaches only 1.25 inches in length. Several pair of black or brown spots on back. Warts range from red, reddish-brown or orange on a dorsum varying from creamy-gray to black. Hides in burrows or under logs and debris. Call is a chirp and can be heard from mid-April to mid-August. Occurs in similar habitats as A. americanus. They are more often found in pine woods despite their name. More active during the daytime than other species of toads. Females lay eggs in short gelatinous strands, which contain 6-8 eggs each. Female can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. Any shallow, water filled depressions make good breeding sites. Species occurs in Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parish.

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