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Eastern Narrowmouth Toad

Gastrophryne carolinensis

Eastern Narrowmouth Toad

Description - Body 7/8 - 1 1/2 inches, (2.2 - 3.2 cm). This tiny toad has smooth skin with a small pointed snout, an egg shaped body and a small head. Coloration varies from gray to brown depending on it’s environment. The toes are not webbed. The underside of the body is mottled color.

Voice - The Narrowmouthed Toad can be heard from May - September. It is not uncommon to hear it calling during the day. It’s voice sounds like the bleating of a sheep, which has earned it the nickname the "sheep frog". The call may last from 1/4 - 4 seconds. it often calls from under vegetation, making it difficult to locate.

Habitat - This Toad is dependent on water so it stays near ponds and ditches or other debris that provides adequate moisture. It can often be found inside rotten logs or piles of sawdust.

Breeding - Breeding takes place in the summer after heavy rains. The female deposits eggs as thin film on the surface of the water.

Range in Texas - The Narrowmouth Toad can be found in the Eastern half of the State.

Notes - this toad is thought to feed exclusively on ants and termites. It can most easily be found by turning over log, boards and vegetation piles.

Updated: Aug 12, 2011