If you live in Arkansas, you may have noticed a small, brown or grey warty amphibian hopping around your yard. This is the Fowler’s toad, a common species found in the southern and eastern United States.
Fowler’s toads are known for their distinctive, trill-like call, which can be heard in the spring and summer months. They are nocturnal creatures and spend their days hiding in damp and shady areas. During the breeding season, males will call to attract females and their tadpoles can often be seen swimming in shallow ponds and streams.
These toads are beneficial to have in your yard as they are voracious predators of insects, including mosquitoes and other pests. In addition, they are a food source for many larger animals, such as snakes and birds.
Despite their widespread occurrence, Fowler’s toads face numerous threats, including habitat loss, disease, and pesticide exposure. To protect these fascinating creatures, it’s important to create a safe and healthy environment in your yard. This can be done by providing plenty of hiding spots, such as rocks and logs, and by avoiding the use of chemicals and pesticides.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sidewalk At My House (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: August 20, 2022 (09:13 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f10
- Shutter speed: 1/500
- ISO: 5000 (Auto)
- Exposure Compensation: +1/3 EV
- Focal Length: 500 mm