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COLORADO RIVER TOAD

Scientific Name: Incilius alvarius
Order
Anura (frogs & toads)

Family
Bufonidae (true toads)

Habitat & Range
The Colorado River Toad can be found in Central Arizona to southwestern New Mexico and Mexico. They are usually Found in arid grasslands and woodlands.

Identification
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Location: Trail of the Jaguar exhibit, adjacent to the barn
Arrived at EPZ: 09/16/2016
 
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Large toad with greenish-gray topside of body and creamy white underside. It has relatively smooth skin with a few large warts found at the angle of the jaw.

Diet
The Colorado River toad primarily eat beetles and other insects. It will occasionally eat small vertebrates or other toads.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Breeding occurs from May to July during the wet season. A female can generate 8,000 eggs per mating. Tadpoles hatches within 2-12 days. The Colorado River toad can live up to 5 years.

Fantastic Fact
Don't Sweat It
Secretions from the Colorado River Toad contain a powerful hallucinogen, which made it notorious as the “psychedelic toad.”
 
 
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