Giant Toad

 

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Range: Northern South America

Habitat: Smooth-sided toads inhabit tropical as well as sub-tropical regions of South American rainforests.   under leaf litter and in wetland areas with rivers, streams, waterfalls, freshwater marshes and pools. They prefer microhabitats of small rock piles.
 

Natural Diet: As is the case with many of the large toad species these voracious animals will eat virtually anything they can fit into their large mouths.  Fish, other frogs and toads, small snakes, small lizards and even the occasional mouse are no match for these powerful predators.

Diet at Rain Forest: Smooth sided toads at RainForest are fed a diet primarily consisting of insects such as crickets and cockroaches.   

Size: 5-8"

RainForest Facts:  Is it a frog or a toad?  
A common question we are asked at RainForest is what is the difference between a frog and a toad?  They all belong in the large amphibian family and are a little tricky to distinguish.  Toads generally have squat bodies, short limbs, dry “warty” skin, no teeth and poison glands.  Toads can tolerate much drier conditions than frogs can as their skin is much less porous and susceptible to drying out in low humidity conditions.

Frogs on the other hand have a longer, slender body; longer limbs for jumping and webbed feet for swimming; smooth, wet-looking skin; teeth in their upper jaws; plus large ears and a longer, pointed snout. Frogs also have a tendency to be more aquatic than toads.  The word toad is often used for other frogs and the terms can be misleading.

Status in Wild:  Stable and listed as least concern