Southern Toad - Anaxyrus terrestris

Southern Toad

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  The Southern Toad is found in the Coastal Plain from extreme southeast Virginia to the Mississippi River of Louisiana, south through all of peninsular Florida and even to the Florida Keys.

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Southern Toads have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States, a presumed large population, and tolerate a broad range of habitats, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Southern Toads do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I found my first Louisiana Southern Toad in 2015. It was a toadlet in St. Tammany Parish. I have not spent much time where they have been found in Louisiana. I have found them just across the Pearl River in Mississippi, however, as well as in the panhandle of Florida.

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