Houston Toad

Houston Toad

Scientific Name – Anaxyrus houstonensis

Classification – Bufonidae

Baby Name – Tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot, lump, nest, or knob

Average Length – Male: 4.5 to 7 cm; Female: 5.2 to 8 cm

Life Expectancy – 2 to 3 years

Breeding Season – February – March

Incubation Period – Around 7 days

Metamorphosis Period – 15 to 100 days

Special Features – Color ranges from brown to reddish outer surface with dark brown or black spots; underside is cream and generally mottled; bilaterally symmetrical

Family Unit – Solitary except for the breeding season

Geographical Distribution – Texas (United States)

World Population –Decreasing

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – Pine and oak woodlands, savanna

Diet – Insects, small invertebrates

Predators – Snakes, large birds, turtles, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, other frogs