Plains Spadefoot Toad Scaphiopus bombifrons

The plains spadefoot toad is the most easily recognized toad in North Dakota. Its skin is smooth like that of a frog, and it has a distinct vertical pupil like that of a cat. Its color varies from a light cream, to gray or brown.



Spadefoot Toad sounds (332 K)

Woodhouse's Toad Bufo woodhousei

Woodhouse's toads are large toads reaching up to five inches. Its coloration varies from green to light brown with a distinctive light stripe down the middle of its back. They inhabit moist areas of western and southern North Dakota.



A common color-pattern variation



Woodhouse's Toad Ventral View



Woodhouse's Toad sounds (234 K)

Great Plains Toad Bufo cognatus

Great Plains toads are the only North Dakota toads with large dark symmetrical blotches on their backs. Some toads may or may not have a light stripe down the middle of the back.



Great Plains Toad - Ventral View




Great Plains Toad sounds (605 K)

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