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Colorado River Toad

The Colorado River toad (Bufo alvarius), also called the Sonoran Desert toad, is semi-aquatic, tending to live near permanent streams, man-made canals, and irrigation ditches.

Size / Weight: This very large toad has leathery, olive green skin with warts on its hind legs.

Life Span: In general the Colorado River toad can live 5 to 15 years.

Color: The Colorado River toad is dark olive green color and has leathery skin.

Range: The Colorado River toad lives in semi-arid habitats deserts, grasslands, and woodlands in northern Mexico and in southern parts of Arizona, California, and New Mexico.

Feeding: This animal is carnivorous and is known to eat snails, beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, lizards, mice, and smaller toads. Its long, sticky tongue aids in catching prey.

The Colorado River toad lays eggs, and after about one month, yellowish brown tadpoles hatch.

Both land and water areas must be available to the Colorado River toad. They may be fed insects and pinkie mice.

Fun Facts
The Colorado River toads are sometimes mistaken for bullfrogs because of their large size and relatively smooth skin.