Gulf Coast Toad

Bufo valliceps

 Toad or Frog?

Gulf coast toads are true toads, with dry, warty skin, short legs, a chunky appearance, and they move with short hops. Their habitat varies widely from coastal prairies and barrier beaches along the Gulf to backyard gardens.  They are found along the Gulf coast from Louisiana into Mexico and down to Costa Rica.  In Texas, they are found in south, central, and southeast Texas.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Did you know?
The parotoid glands of toads produce a poison that is secreted as a white viscous substance. Predators find that it’s very irritating to their mouths and throats and creates nausea, heart palpitations, and even death in small organisms.