An American toad by Marshall Hedin

Where are they from?

American toads are found from central Canada down through the United States and to the east coast. They are found throughout Kentucky.

What do they eat?

They are carnivorous and eat insects like flies and beetles.

How do they act?

American toads are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. They enjoy hiding in logs or under rocks and in moist places. In the winter, they dig into the soil to hibernate. They have a distinctive call when it is mating season to attract potential mates.

Are they endangered?

The American toad is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Amphibian Attention!

It is a myth that you can get warts from handling toads. However, if you do touch one, you should still wash your hands!