Black Toad

Black ToadScientific Name – Anaxyrus exsul

Classification – Bufonidae

Baby Name – Tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot, lump, nest, or knob

Average Length – Around 5 cm (2 in)

Life Expectancy – Not known

Breeding Season – Late March to May

Incubation Period – 5 days

Metamorphosis Period – 3 to 5 weeks

Special Features – Possess black skin with tan and white spots; a white midline running down the spine from head to rump; active during warm weather and remain underground during cold months

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – California (United States)

 World Population – Stable

Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Natural Habitat – Springs and marshes in desert basin

Diet – Small invertebrates

Predators – Not known