Anaxyrus terrestris, 10 November 2018

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (10 November 2018).

The Southern toad is our big, native toad species throughout the Florida peninsula. We also have the tiny Oak toad and the fairly behemoth (and invasive) Cane toad, but the Southern toad is the big, dry hopper you typically see at night. They seem to average around two inches in length, or so, but in south Florida, particularly in the Everglades system, you can come across some monstrously huge Southern toads. I found this one near a camping spot in the Florida Everglades. Just look at those massive cranial ridges. I include the in-hand reference shot for size comparison. What a chunk of amphibia, right?

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