Frog of the Week

Houston Toad (Anaxyrus houstonensis)

photo by Dr Robert Thomas

Common Name: Houston Toad
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus houstonensis
Family: Bufonidae – True Toad family
Location: United States – Texas
Maximum Size: 3 inches for females, 2.5 inches for males

The Houston Toad is federally listed as an endangered species by the US government. It is only found between Houston and Austin areas in Texas. The development of these large cities are one of the reason why the toad is endangered. The Houston Toad are not the best burrowers in the toad world so they stick to sandy soils which are easier for them to burrow in. The toad breeds during late winter to early spring through the start of summer.


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