Frog of the Week

Smooth Sided Toad (Rhaebo guttatus)

Smooth Sided Toad
photo by Bernard DUPONT

Common Name: Smooth Sided Toad or Spotted Toad
Scientific Name: Rhaebo guttatus
Family: Bufonidae – True Toad family
Locations: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela
Female Size: 7 – 9 inches (17.78 – 22.86 cm)
Male Size: 6 -7 inches (15.24 – 17.78 cm

The Smooth Sided Toad received its name for it lack of warts on its body, a typical feature of true toads. This doesn’t make it any less of a toad. The toad live amongst the leaf litter in tropical rain forests. It is primarily active during the night (nocturnal).

For mating, the Smooth Sided Toad breeds in permanent and non permanent puddles and swampy areas. The males call out from the edges of these water bodies in an attempt to attract a mate. The eggs hatch in 10 days and then take around 3 months to complete their metamorphosis.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the Smooth Sided Toad as Least Concern for Extinction. The toad has a wide range, covering most of the northern Amazon Rainforest. However, deforestation is a major problem in the Amazon.

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