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Woodhouse's Toad

Pseudacris triseriata

Woodhouse's  Toad

Description - Body 2 1/4 - 4 inches (6.4 - 10 cm). Coloration varies from yellow to brown to green. Its prominent parotoid glands are elongated. Scattered dark blotches surrounding brownish warts appear on the toads back. The belly is usually white or yellow, sometimes with small dark spots.

Voice - A low pitched bleating lasting from 1 - 2 seconds. Often compared to a sheep bleating in the distance. It can be heard from March - July after heavy rains.

Habitat - The habitat varies greatly for this toad. It can be found in many locations that provide adequate moisture, from small temporary ponds, irrigation canals, streams and even urban back yards.

Breeding - Breeding takes place from March - July, mostly after heavy rainfall. Long strings of eggs are attached to vegetation in still, shallow water.

Range in Texas - From East through Central Texas up through the Texas panhandle.

Notes - This toad was named for Samuel Washington Woodhouse, a surgeon and Naturalist that made explorations into the Southwestern U.S. in the mid-19th century. This toad has never been found at Brazos Bend State Park, but has been documented in Fort Bend County.

Updated: Aug 12, 2011