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Canadian Toad (Anaxyrus hemiophrys)

Created: May 25th, 2013 - 08:21 PM
Last Modified: May 25th, 2013 - 08:21 PM
Entered by: Vanessa Lane
Record 147563
Country:
United States
State:
North Dakota
County:
Grand Forks County
Time:
2013-05-25 15:00:00
Qty:
10
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
shallow cattail marsh in Red River floodplain
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
68.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
53%
Sky Conditions:
Few clouds
Moon Phase:
Waning Gibbous
Elevation:
845.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
763.7876305415 mmHg

Notes

Waded in muck up to my ankles to get close enough to positively ID species, I'm still learning my frog calls. Thankfully I spotted two individuals without much difficulty. Numbers are approximate, there were about 10 males calling but the first individual I spotted was not calling, there could be more in the marsh. Spooked my first of the season Virginia rail too, which was a nice treat. The boss was not as distinct as I would expect on the first individual photographed (the one in mud). The individual in water was a calling male, throat sac did not extend upward.

The following video is not considered a valid voucher, but you can easily hear the calls. http://youtu.be/8w2XMzV427k

Vouchers

Comments

Posted by Christopher Smith on May 31, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Your right about the boss... It isn't a "good example". To make it even worse, A. hemiophrys and A. americanus readily hybridize, resulting in offspring with intermediate cranial morphology. The calls are spot on for A. hemiophrys though. :)