American Toad (Bufo americanus)

Hear what this frog's call sounds like!
Calls courtesy of Dr. Alan J. Wolf, Center for Biology Education/Biology New Media Center

Toads are easily identifiable, mostly because of their warty brown skin and their size (about 3 inches). Their normal habitat is less aquatic than most frogs--toads like dryer places. Toads can be found in almost any woods here at Fermilab. A favorite spot is in gardens, where they can find ample insect food.

Toads call from mid-spring to late summer, and their call is surprisingly neat-sounding. It is a long, high-pitched trill (like some birds) that lasts for as long as thirty seconds.

Photos courtesy of Jeff LeClere at

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