Southern Toad Anaxyrus terrestris

Don’t touch! Southern toads secrete bufotoxin, a poison to protect themselves from predators.

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ORIGIN:
Southeastern United States

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HABITAT:
Sandy habitats around coastal plains

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 1 oz
Length: 2-5 in

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DIET:
Insects and spiders

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PREDATORS:
Snakes, newts and larger toads

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Camouflage and poison

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay 2,500-4,000 eggs at one time

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THREATS:
Competition with introduced cane toads

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 10 yrs

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8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

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