Toadally Terrific

October 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Last week’s photo is a close-up of the skin on our Fowler’s Toad. The toad’s bumps, sometimes called warts, are glands that produce and secrete toxins for defense against predators.  Some skin secretions from amphibians are very toxic while others are mild.  The bumps are not related to human warts which come from a virus. Contrary to popular belief, humans cannot contract warts from a toad or a frog.

Fowler's Toad

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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