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How Toads Conquered the World [Slide Show]

An ancestral mutation in the direction of thriving under drier conditions than their amphibian peers has allowed toads to thrive almost everywhere

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HARLEQUIN FROG

Despite being from the toad family, Atelopus cruciger is known colloquially as a frog. Neither designation is helping to save it from the challenges brought by climate change to its habitat nor the devastating amphibian chytrid fungus disease.....[ More ]

CLOSE COUSIN

Another Indian toad ( Duttaphryrnus scaber ), descended from the same Western Ghat ancestor, shares a similar independence from water and relatively large size.....[ More ]

INDIAN TOAD

The common Indian toad ( Duttaphrynus melanostictus ) developed many of the same traits as its fast-expanding peers, despite being descended from a tropically adapted ancestor endemic to the Western Ghats (a mountain range stretching down India's west coast).....[ More ]

EUROPEAN TOAD

The common European toad, Bufo bufo , shares many of the traits that have proved vital to toads' rapid spread: large size, some independence from moisture, and an ability to lay lots of eggs in temporary waters.....[ More ]

CANE TOAD

The cane toad ( Bufo marinus ), originally from Central and South America, is perhaps best known now for its ongoing invasion of Australia. This cane toad, caught in New South Wales and dubbed "Big Bertha," weighed in at a whopping 515 grams.....[ More ]

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