Frog of the Week

Eastern Narrowed Mouth Toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)

photo from the USGS


Common Name: Eastern Narrowed Mouth Toad
Scientific Name: Gastrophryne carolinensis
Family: Microhylidae
Location:Countries: United States Introduced: Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico
States: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia
Size:2.1 inches or 53 mm

The Eastern Narrowed Mouth Toad is found in southeastern United States. Males can be distinguished from females because their throats are dark and highly pigmented while the female’s throat doesn’t have this coloring. Interesting fact, the tadpoles of the toad are filter feeders of plankton.


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