Red-spotted Toads live in very dry rocky country that doesn't seem very hospitable to a toad. They are only active on the surface after rain.
|Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)|
Kimble County, Texas June 3, 2013
This species ranges over much of the western 2/3 of the state although it is only locally common until you get into the rocky hills and canyons of the Hill Country and west in the Trans-Pecos.
Red-spotted Toads generally call from rocks or the bank of a small temporary pond which forms after rainfall in their dry rocky habitat. Their call is a long, high-pitched trilling which is easy to mistake for an insect from a distance.
This is the call of the individual in the photo above:
Here is that same toad in action. At the beginning of the video, our star is resting but you hear another Red-spotted Toad calling from a few feet away. A Gulf Coast Toad (Incilius nebulifer) also chimes in with his lower pitched trill before our little toad starts his song.
© Chris Harrison 2013