American Toad (Bufo americanus)

Size: 2 to 4.5 inches
Range: found throughout Michigan; may be around in suburban areas
Habitat: wooded areas, meadows, and lakeshores
Life cycle: breeding = early April to early May; metamorphosis = 1.5 to 2.5 months
Call: musical trill; CAE.wav, USGS.wav
Needs: cool daytime shelter, loose soils, and insect food source
Interesting Characteristics: will frequent night-lights; a modest-sized toad will eat about 3,200 insects in a season

Copyright © 2001 Joyce GrossDate of Photo: May 9, 2001Location: off Ellis Hollow Rd, 4 miles east of Ithaca, Tompkins County (New York, US)