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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Southern toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)

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Extremely variable looking toad ranging from 1.75-2.5 inches in length in Louisiana. Most easily recognized by high cranial crests with knoblike enlargements at the posterior ends of the interorbital crests. Faint mid-dorsal line is present in some specimens. Calls from mid-February to mid-August. Voice is a cheery musical trill. Females lay gelatinous strings of eggs in shallow, unmoving pools of water. Inhabits similar habitats as A. americanus and occurs in the Florida Parishes.

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