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Guide to Louisiana Amphibians

Eastern narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)

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  Range Map for Eastern narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)
  Range map source: USGS National Amphibian Atlas, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Secretive, small, round toad with short limbs and a pointed head. Distinct fold of skin across the back of the head is suggested to aid in foraging on termites, ants, and small beetles. Toes are unwebbed. Most males have a dark throat patch whereas females predominately have light throat patches. Dorsum is gray, brown, or red in coloration and frog may alter color depending on climate and actions. Broad mid-dorsal stripe is bordered by lighter stripes. Dorsum sometimes has patches or spots which may obscure the stripes. Call sounds like the noise made by a lamb or an electric buzzer and lasts up to 4 seconds. Breeds in shallow pools of water from April to October. Habitats must be well sheltered and moist but often have little else in common. Species occurs throughout the State.

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