American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Hiding under a wood pile in a disturbed area surrounded by a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest.
I'm not sure if this is a melanic individual or if this is within the normal color range of this species! It was a first for me!
The American toad is a common species of toad found throughout the eastern United States and Canada. It is divided into three subspecies—the eastern American toad , the dwarf American toad , and the rare Hudson Bay toad . A new taxonomy places this species in the genus ''Anaxyrus'' instead of ''Bufo''.