Eastern American Toad

Eastern American Toad  (Anaxyrus americanus)

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While performing forestry work at a job-site in Layhill, Montgomery County, Maryland, I observed an Eastern American Toad in the forested Northwest Branch floodplain.

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The toad allowed me to get quite close for some candid photographs.  Toads have some rather variable colors, especially females, and this particular toad had unique bronze-brown and green hues that made him/her look quite striking, as if at peak breeding color and looking for some mating action.

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This toad is known to be somewhat lackadaisical, laid-back or lethargic, having a casual hop-walk.  When threatened, rather than run for it, they will release/secrete a poison called bufotoxin (Bufo is the former Latin name for this species), causing any predator to drop the toad from its mouth.

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I also saw many spring beauty just beginning to flower, skunk cabbage leafing-out, and this one, single bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), just unfurling.

Beautiful afternoon in the field.

 

 

 

 

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