Southern Toad Along a Southern Road

By Henry H. Mitchell, July 23, 2010.
Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris) at Myrtle Beach

I was surprised to spot this adult Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris) sitting in bright 6 p.m. sunshine among pine needles in a sandy zone near Pelican Avenue in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — surprised because adult Southern Toads usually don't come out until nearer dusk. About a hundred yards away is a long drainage channel containing many puddles, almost certainly the hatching-place of this toad.

(Compare with the American Toad, Bufo americanus, seen farther inland.)

This guide to Myrtle Beach is sponsored by Mitchells Publications.