9th Aug, 2012

What on earth is a Fowler’s Toad and why should you care?

The Fowler’s Toad is an endangered species due to habitat loss and degradation. It lives on sandy beaches and breeds in marshy shallows of lakes or ponds. It has become a local issue to us in Ridgeway & Crystal Beach because the location where the Crystal Beach Gateway Project is to be placed is prime area where the Fowler’s Toad thrives.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has approved the Overall Benefit Permit (OBP) for Fowlers Toad at Bay Beach in association with the South Beach Waterfront Condominium Development.

 

FOWLER’S FUN FACTS:

Male Fowler’s toads begin to call as the water in the ponds/lake begins to warm in May or June. The call is described as a short trill, a nasal, sheep-like “waaaaa”

Adult toads hibernate under sand on raised beaches.

What’s the difference between a Fowler’s Toad and a common American toad? A Fowler’s toad usually has 3-4 warts in each brownish blotch on their backs. The bony ridges behind the eyes actually touch the front edge of the paratoid gland (the large kidney shape mark behind eye). The two species can interbreed and produce fertile hybrids.

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