Have you ever been camping out near a river, heard a trilling call at night, and wondered what it was? Well if you were out along the Gila, Mimbres, or San Francisco Rivers in March or April, you may have heard an Arizona toad.
Arizona toads breed in the early to mid-spring and you can find their tadpoles in May and June in the slower flowing, shallower parts of rivers in southwestern New Mexico. These toads may fit in the palm of your hand but they play an important role in the river ecosystem, eating insects and being preyed on by other species in turn. The toads are also not afraid of crossing the road- so if you’re out after dark in the Gila region in the spring and summer and you know there’s a river or other waterbody nearby, consider slowing down, keeping a sharp look out, and giving the toads a brake!