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Rhinophrynidae - Burrowing Toads

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Subphylum: Vertebrata
 Class: Amphibia
 Order: Anura 
 Family: Rhinophrynidae

There is only one species in this family. The Mexican burrowing toad is found from Texas to Mexico. It is 1 to 2.75 inches in length. It has an round, flat body; short, stubby legs; and a small, pointed head. It is brown with a yellow to reddish-orange stripe down its back. It has horny "spades" on its hind feet that it uses for digging its burrow.

It is nocturnal and eats insects, especially termites. When it is frightened, it blows up its body, like a balloon. It spends most of its time in its underground burrow and usually only comes out after it rains.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

  North/Central American Species

None   Mexican Burrowing Toad - Rhinophrynus dorsalis Least Concern North America

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Mexican Burrowing Toad - Rhinophrynus dorsalis profile Photos Least Concern North America
The Mexican burrowing toad is found in southern Texas, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
Source: AmphibiaWeb Intended Audience: General Reading Level: High School Teacher Section: No

Mexican Burrowing Toad - Rhinophrynus dorsalis profile Photos Least Concern North America
The Mexican burrowing toad is 1-2.75 inches in length.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mexican Burrowing Toad - Rhinophrynus dorsalis profile Photos Least Concern North America
The Mexican burrowing toad has a round body and a small pointed head.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No