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  1. puffin Hi Linda, thanks for writing. That looks to me like a Western narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne olivacea), also known as the Great Plains narrow-mouthed toad. They get to be about 4 cm (1.5 in).

    Despite the fact that they are called a “toad,” Western narrow-mouthed toads aren’t really what people typically think of as toads. They mostly live on land and have bumpy skin, so that sounds toad-like. But “true toads” like the American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) or the Common toad in Europe (Bufo bufo) are in the family Bufonidae, and the narrow-mouthed toads are in a different family, Microhylidae, so they aren’t very closely related. The nearly 600 species of narrow-mouthed frog/toads in the world typically eat ants and termites and are mostly found in warmer climates. The Western narrow-mouthed toad’s range includes most of Mexico and the southwest of the U.S. and Texas and north to the southern edge of Nebraska. Tom

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