The Red-spotted Toad is a small toad that has a generally flattened appearance, triangular head, and pointed snout. It is characterized by rounded, reddish-orange spots that cover its grayish-brown body.
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Habitat & Range
The Red-spotted Toad is found from southern Nevada throughout the south-central United States and down into Mexico. It can be found in rocky riparian habitats up to about 7000 feet in elevation.
Springs and springbrooks
Warm desert riparian
Red-spotted Toads are mostly nocturnal and they are primarily insectivores, commonly feeding on beetles, bees, and ants. Red-spotted Toads are explosive breeders. Males will actively search for females during the breeding season. Females typically lay eggs in shallow pools created from rains in the spring or early summer. Tadpoles will metamorphose in approximately 6-8 weeks.
Unlike most species of toad, Red-spotted toads lay their eggs singly, versus in long strands of eggs.