Amargosa Toad

Amargosa Toad

Scientific Name – Anaxyrus nelsoni

Classification – Bufonidae

Baby Name – Tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot, lump, nest, or knob

Average Length – 3 to 5 in

Life Expectancy – 9 to 12 years

Breeding Season – Middle of February to July

Incubation Period – 1 week

Metamorphosis Period – Around 1 month

Special Features – Warty upper surface with black speckles or asymmetrical spots; color ranges from buff to olive; whitish belly covered with scattered blotches; a light stripe appears on the upper surface along the backbone; dark markings on the back legs

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – Oasis Valley, Nevada (United States)

World Population – Decreasing

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – Close to water at desert springs and outflow with vegetation bordering water consists of cottonwoods, sedges and cattails

Diet – Insects, spiders, scorpions

Predators – Bullfrog, crayfish, catfish