American toad - Anaxyrus americanus
This toad was odd. We found it stuck in a steep ditch on the side of a dirt road. It kept trying to climb out of the ditch, but would ultimately fall all the way back down. And, again...over and over. So, we rescued it and put it in some tall grass on the side of the road. Then, we watched as it tried to climb up the grass, over and over...
The coloring and pattern is variable in this species. Their skin color can change depending on habitat, humidity, stress, and temperature. Its parotoid glands were the same color as the surrounding skin.
Habitat: Rural, dirt road
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.