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Featured Species | Houston Toad (05:47)

Host: Sarah Leon with Paige Najvar

Houston Toad (click to view larger)
Houston toad
Photo credit: Paige Najvar/USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on October 13, 1970
Scientific Name: Bufo houstonensis
Description: Habitat loss and alteration are the most serious threats facing the Houston toad. Alteration of ephemeral and permanent natural wetlands for urban and agricultural uses eliminates breeding sites. Draining a wetland, or converting an ephemeral wetland to a permanent pond, can eventually cause the Houston toad to decline or be eliminated entirely.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011