As a wildlife photographer living in Arkansas, one of the fascinating creatures I often spot in my yard during the summer months is the Fowler’s Toad. According to the Herps of Arkansas, they prefer mixed pine and hardwood forests, bottom lands, and even urban areas, which could explain why I frequently see them as I have several pines and oaks in my yard.

Fowler's Toad In My Backyard

Fowler’s Toad In My Backyard

Being cautious while mowing, I watch for these toads to avoid accidentally harming them. When I do handle them, I am always careful because they can secrete a noxious compound from the warts on their backs. While this compound is lethal to small mammals, it is not harmful to humans. Nevertheless, I do not like getting this compound on my hands and always wash them after handling these creatures.

Recently, I was lucky enough to capture a close-up shot of a Fowler’s Toad. While mowing, I noticed the toad in a small area close by, and I quickly retrieved my Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter. I was able to snap a few pictures of the toad without picking it up since it was hopping towards an area I had already mowed.

These toads are a fascinating sight to behold, and it’s always exciting to spot one up close. I feel fortunate to be able to observe and photograph these creatures right in my own backyard. Let me know in the comments if you’ve seen any interesting wildlife near your home!

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture: f8
  • ISO: 1250
  • Shutter speed: 1/240 of a second
  • .03 exposure value
  • Focal Length: 400 mm

Here is another photo of this Toad: Fowler’s Toad