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Develop With Care Western Toad

Western Toads can be found from the valley bottoms to above the winter snow line across British Columbia. Unlike frogs, toads have soft, dry, warty skin with a conspicuous, oval-shaped gland behind the eye. This external skin gland (“parotoid”) secretes a milky alkaloid substance to deter predators. Western Toads vary in colour from brown to green and tan, and have a characteristic light coloured stripe down their back.

Develop With Care Fact Sheet #13 - Western Toad


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