houston toad

by: Nick Williamson


Houston toads are generally brown and speckled, but individual coloration can vary considerably, with some appearing to be light brown and others almost black. They also may have a slightly reddish, yellowish or greyish tent. Their legs have darker bands across them, and there are two dark bands extending from each eye down to the mouth. A variable white stripe usually extends down the middle of the back, but can be absent, and there are irregular white streaks along the sides of the toad’s body. Their undersides are generally white with variable amounts of black speckling. In males the throat is black. Adult Houston toads are medium-sized (2 to 3.5 inches) with females larger and bulkier than males. As with most toads, they are stout-bodied animals with short legs and rough warty skin. Causes of extinction, drought, loss of water. Due to severe drought in Texas in past years the toads didn't have enough marsh/swamp area to survive ands reproduce causing severe number loss. To prevent this from occurring again, federal fish and game has created management zones to help try to bring the species back to its optimal rates.

Williamson, Nick. "Southwest Region." Southwest Region. 10 Dec. 15. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.