Family Bufonidae – Toads

Fowler's toad (Bufo woodhousei)

  • Description: 2-3 1/2 inches; low ridges on head; extremely variable color, ranging from gray to dark brown to brick red.

  • Distribution: Believed to be found throughout the state, but may be somewhat local along the Gulf Coast; common.

  • Breeding period: Breeds from March to August, does not appear to depend upon heavy rains to initiate breeding.

  • Breeding sites: Lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, drainage ditches. Selects more permanent sites than southern or American toads.

  • Voice: Short, whistled "waaah," sometimes likened to the bleat of a sheep with respiratory troubles.

  • Comments: Chorus recorded near Bolton in Hinds County.