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I don't want to stay single!

I don't want to stay single!
著作権: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2006-04-30
カテゴリー: Amphibians
カメラ: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2006-05-17 8:10
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While I was birding at Baie-du-Febvre (Quebec/Canada), my attention was caught by a deep sound coming from the march. At that moment I was on a footbridge and the sound was coming from below. Searching for the origin of it, I was this American Toad, singing to attract some female. I was around 20 feet from it when I took this picture using my teleconverter lens. I hope you'll like it :-)


Description: The American Toad is a large, squat toad with warty brown, reddish or olive skin and variously coloured spots and skin glands. There is often a light line down the middle of the back. It is distinguished from other toads by its long parotid glands which do not touch its prominent cranial crests. Maximum adult size is 11 cm.

The call is a monotone trill up to 30 seconds long, preceded by a single, slightly lower introductory note. In a breeding chorus each male selects a different note to call on.

Confusing Species: The American Toad is the only toad in most of eastern Canada. It overlaps with the Canadian Toad in central Manitoba. The cranial crests of the Canadian Toad are fused into a bony hump between the eyes. In extreme southern Ontario it also overlaps with the Fowler's Toad, whose parotid glands touch the cranial crests. American Toads can hybridize with these two species which makes identification more difficult in the zones of overlap.

Distribution: The American Toad is widespread throughout the eastern half of Canada from central Manitoba and southern James Bay to Labrador and Prince Edward Island. It is also widespread throughout the eastern United States.

Habitat: American Toads are found in a wide variety of terrestrial habitats from mown grass and gardens to heavily forested areas. They inhabit ponds only during the breeding season and as larvae. Breeding occurs in warm, shallow ponds, shallow streams and river margins and even large puddles and roadside ditches.

Reproduction: American Toads breed from late March to early June depending on how far north they are. Eggs are laid in two strands which are wrapped around aquatic vegetation. The eggs hatch in a few days to a few weeks and the tadpole stage lasts 50-65 days. Emerging toadlets are among the smallest newly transformed amphibians and soon disperse into the surrounding habitat.

Natural History: American Toads hibernate on land and burrow beneath the frost line in the soil. Both tadpoles and toads have poison glands in the skin which reduce their susceptibility to predators. A dog which picks up a toad will drop it and foam at the mouth but will not be hurt. They eat insects and small soil creatures such as worms and slugs.

Conservation Concerns: American Toads are easily attracted to backyard ponds and gardens. There is no evidence that they have declined.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-17 8:14]

HEllo Michel,
here must be some single female music lovers floating around ;-). Excellent capture. Excellent details and wonderful POV.

RuuuuuuuuuuuP RuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuP

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-17 10:21]

Poor toad, I hope he will find somemone ! :-) Excellent shot, with good details and colors, the green leaves bring a nice touch of color to your picture. Composition and POV are good too. Well done !

Salut Michel,
Another unique POV. THis guy really seems very concentrated and busy. THe colours are nice and natural and the reflections are good. Very well seen and done. TFS Thomas

Powerful shot with your tele lens, Michel.
The surrounding weeds frame the toad very well.
Very graphic and interesting note on this species of toads.

Hello Michel, Great job, Perfct details colors and POV, TFs kyle

Hi Michel,
Excellent shot. Perfect details and composition. Very well seen and done. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-18 2:22]

Very funny shot and title, Michel.
Fantastic POV of this courting toad peeking through the reeds.
Excellent timing. TFS. : )

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-19 10:19]

Belle capture de ce crapeau Michel, la photo a 騁 prise juste au bon moment, c'est vraiment bien r騏ssi, bravo. Merci.


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