American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
Native to Fairfax County
Fall and spring are busy times for Steve at Riverbend Park. Steve helps school children learn about life cycles. He also helps adults, including teachers, understand why it is important not to release captive tadpoles and adult frogs and toads into the wild.
In the wild, the American toad will dig a burrow with its spurred hind feet. The toad hides inside and waits for an insect to pass by. Quick reflexes allow the toad to stick out its tongue and catch the insect. It is estimated that a toad can eat up to 10,000 insects in just three months!
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