Big Fat Toad

For no particular reason, other than because I saw this one hopping around on a sand bar of a creek today… 

Here’s a photo of a toad.

Woodhouse's Toad. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

For more information on Woodhouse’s toads, you can refer back to an earlier post from early April.


About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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9 Responses to Big Fat Toad

  1. Dan Fogell says:

    Chris – I think you have an unhealthy fondness for toads. ;) Nice image.

  2. Ernest Ochsner says:

    Chris, These are one of my favorite little creatures. I love finding them on the sidewalk out front or behind Espressions. They let you scratch their backs and they eat tons of bugs and worms and other little stuff.
    The shot is very nice also.

  3. Anna says:

    I love those toads! This one doesn’t look very happy with you.

  4. Larry Jeutter says:

    Our lake association is trying to set up a frog survey to identify and track the frog/toad population from year to year around our lake. Do you know of anyone who is familiar with this type of project who could give us some ideas about how to go about this?

  5. jeanine lackey says:

    Now isn’t he a handsome fella!!!

  6. James C. Trager says:

    Larry — A good technique is a frog song survey on rainy nights April-July. No capturing necessary, though tracking them down and photoraphing can be an enjoyable challenge. Many frog species will not breed in ponds with fish in them, unless there are heavily vegetated, nearly flat areas where they can avoid predation by fish.


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