Sonoran Desert Toad

Our Sonoran Desert Toad, one of the smaller creatures found at Earth Discovery Center at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MASonoran Desert Toad
Bufo alvarius

Type
Amphibian

Life Span
5-15 years

Size
7.5 inches

Weight
Up to 4 lbs

Facts for the Sonoran Desert Toad, found at Earth Discovery Center at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MADid You Know?

  • They are the largest toads native to the United States. They are active at night, or nocturnal, to prevent their skin from drying out.
  • They secrete poison from glands on their back as a means of defense. The poison is potent enough to cause paralysis or death in animals as large as dogs.