Woodhouse’s Toad (Anaxyrus woodhousii)

photo by LA Dawson

Common Name: Woodhouse’s Toad
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus woodhousii
Family: Bufonidae – True Toad family
Locations: Mexico and the United States
US Locations: Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Size: 2 – 5 inches (5.08 – 12.7 cm)

The Woodhouse’s Toad is found in the western United States and down barely into Mexico. It is named after Samuel Washington Woodhouse, a physician and naturalist. There are three different sub species of Woodhouse’s Toad that some scientists recognize.

  • Southwestern Woodhouse’s Toad – Anaxyrus woodhousii australis
  • East Texas Toad – Anaxyrus woodhousii velatu
  • Rocky Mountain Toad – Anaxyrus woodhousii woodhousii

The toad is pretty much your typical toad. They spend their day underground or under logs. The toads come out at night to forage for insects and other invertebrates. The Woodhouse’s Toad breeds from February to September.


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