DEEP: Fowler's Toad

Fowler's Toad

(Bufo fowleri)


IDENTIFICATION: A stocky, squat frog with numerous tubercles scattered on dorsum and legs. Usually three or more tubercles per pigmented spot, highly variable dorsal pigmentation lighter than the eastern American toad, often with gray and/or greenish hues. Legs not spiny, belly immaculate white, sometimes with a triangle-shaped dark spot on the breastbone. Males have darkly pigmented throats. Medium-large size, females larger than males, adults 50-80 mm body length.

The Fowler's toad is a southern species with its center of distribution in Connecticut confined to the coastal and low-lying portions of the state, as well as the Central Connecticut Lowland. This toad extends its range into the state's uplands, following a network of low-lying river valleys that are laced with glacial sand and gravel deposits. Hybrids between American and Fowler's toads have been reported from New Haven, Tolland, and Windham Counties (Klemens, 1993). Fowler's toad is presently considered secure within Connecticut

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