Anaxyrus punctatus Red-spotted Toad
The genus Anaxyrus was split from Bufo by Frost et al in 2006. This split is particularly controversial among herpetologists, and many references still use the long-established Bufo.
near Ajo, Pima County, ArizonaAugust 13, 2013
Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
These toads are common throughout the deserts of the US southwest, but I had somehow managed to avoid seeing one up until now. This one was hunkered down on the road at night.
Cochise County, ArizonaAugust 16, 2013
Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
Once the red-spotted toad floodgates are opened, there are red-spotted toads everywhere you look.
Santa Cruz County, ArizonaAugust 18, 2013
Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
Tiny metamorph red-spotted frogs live up to their name even better than the adults.
Organ Pipe National Monument, Pima County, ArizonaAugust 2, 2014
Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
It took me a few minutes to recognize the smaller toads hopping around on the road after dark, because they didn't have very prominent red spots. But the small, flat head and shape of the paratoid gland (lumpy things behind the ears) ruled out the various other local toad species.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Garfield County, UtahJuly 25, 2017
Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus) Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
This sequence of increasingly aged toads found within a mile or so of each other shows how the bright red spots of youth fade to the palest orange in old age.
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