American Toad

The two- to three-and-one-half-inch American toad has enlarged warts on its hind legs and one or two light warts on each spot on its back. This is the common toad of northern Illinois, particularly the black prairie region, and it is often encountered in lawns, orchards and gardens, where it searches for insects by night. It breeds in shallow pools from March to July with most activity occurring about mid-April. Its call is a sustained, high musical trill.