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Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps). All photos were taken in our backyard pond in Austin, TX. An article on toads in larvalbug's garden provides detailed information on this species.

toad eggs soon after being deposited
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Toad eggs shortly after they were deposited. Cell division has started. The eggs hatch in 24 hours.

two-day old toad tadpoles
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Tadpoles on their second morning after hatching. They are still not very good at swimming around, but will be much more mobile by the third day.

young toad on water hyacinth leaf
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A baby toad just after losing its tadpole tail. Although the eggs hatch quickly and development is rapid at first, the tadpoles then spend much of the summer growing rather slowly. Eventually, they lose the tail, grow legs, and climb out of the pond. This 1/4 inch long youngster is resting on the leaf of a water hyacinth.

adult male toad
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The male toads spend many nights each summer singing in the pond. They frequently do not even leave the water during the day and seem to guard eggs they have fertilized, at least for the first few hours.

adult male toad
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This male is covered with a small floating plant called mosquito fern. It is a true fern and forms moss-like carpets on the surface of the water. During the winter, it turns red.

adult male toad
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Although the sides of our pond are vertical, the toads have no trouble climbing out because of the vegetation in the water. This male toad has just finished a successful night of mating and is framed by a water lettuce plant behind him.

adult male toad
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Mating toads are quite persistent and males will try to hang onto a female even if there is already another male in position. In this case, the larger female is between two males. The toad in front of the female stands little chance of siring tadpoles, but his behavior certainly did disrupt things. A large portion of the eggs that were eventually laid were not fertilized.

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