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Smooth-Sided Toad (Bufo guttatus)

Smooth-sided toad (Bufo guttatus)

Cute Frog of the Week: September 13, 2010

Sure they may be unpopular with Disney princesses, but smooth-sided toads can have quite the effect on a heart. These toads’ parotid glands produce a toxin that, when ingested by predators, interferes with the predator’s heart and can cause it to fail. Smooth-sided toads also inflate their bodies as a form of defense.

Unlike frogs, toads have short limbs, dry skin and no teeth.

Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke, Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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