Gulf Coast Toad

Incilius nebulifer
(Girard, 1854)
Val Verde Co., Texas. May 22, 1997.

On our first trip to Texas we managed to arrive the day after a heavy rainfall, and that night our road cruising was full of amphibious surprises, including large numbers of nebulifer. The night was filled with their trilling in the temporary pools alongside the road. In the dry Trans-Pecos region, they tend to reside in riparian corridors along the few rivers. The top of the head is interesting, there being a concave depression down the middle between the eyes, with an elaborate series of cranial crests on either side that wrap around the back of the eyes and extend back to the triangular paratoid glands. In short, they carry more ‘headgear’ than other species of common U.S. toads. The photos of those first toads are lost – here are two nebulifer from the Houston area.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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