Wyoming Toad (Anaxyrus baxteri)

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The Wyoming Toad (Anaxyrus baxteri) or Baxter’s toad is a toad native to the United States specifically Wyoming. Sadly the toad can rarely be seen in the wild anymore besides the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. Its a member of the family Bufonidae, the true toad family. The Wyoming toad is the most endangered amphibian in North America.

In 1980, scientists determine that there was only 25 of these toads left in the wild. They took some of the toads for a captive breeding program and have been working on restoring the population. Problems are that Chytrid fungus as been identified in the native habitat of the toads, killing them off.

(image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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