Anaxyrus terrestris Southern 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.
Ocala National Forest, Volusia County, FloridaSeptember 20, 2001
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
I joined Dr. Peter May's ornithology field trip this morning. While the students were identifying various Floridian birds, I was poking around looking for more terrestrial critters. This pair of toads were settled in the sand under a discarded piece of drywall.

Southern Toads are extremely variable in color. These two seemed pretty different to me (light tan and deep red-brown), but Peter said these were practically identical twins out of the range of possible colors that this species assumes, from gray to brown to red to charcoal.

Stephen C. Foster State Park, Charlton County, GeorgiaMay 2, 2004
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
This half-grown toad was hanging out in the leaf litter near the camp bathroom, waiting for the paparazzi to spread his image to an admiring world.
Loop Road, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FloridaDecember 26, 2004
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
Here's a much darker individual that was hiding out under an old piece of tin. Old pieces of tin are a great place to find amphibians and reptiles.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 19, 2013
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
This toad has found the very best spot on the road, and has no intention whatsoever of abandoning it.
Sesquicentennial State Park, Richland County, South CarolinaApril 8, 2013
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
This lonely male was trilling away in broad daylight. He seemed a little small and young to be involved in the wooing of the lady toads, but maybe I'm just an old fogey.
Main Park Road, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 1, 2021
Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris)
This is one fat and happy toad. Pretty, too.
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