FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Eastern American toad Anaxyrus americanus americanus

Majestic chieftain with a tenor’s soaring trill– dearest voice of home

Eastern American toads hide by day in densely covered forest floors, camouflaged by their gray, olive, brown, or reddish coloring and pale stripe down their backs. They live throughout Virginia and walk rather than hop from place to place. Best spotted at night, they feed on various insects and soft ground creatures like earthworms and slugs. The male’s high trill calls females to springtime pools for breeding, where tadpoles then live and grow. This toad may “play dead” when startled or handled roughly. Wash hands after contact to avoid irritation to mucous tissues, like your eyes and nose.

Barb Wallace Romeo and Juliet Oil 12 x 12 $150


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