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Florida Boardwalk Animal Fact Sheet
PUERTO RICAN CRESTED TOAD
Bufo (Peltophryne) lemur

Range:

Puerto Rican crested toads are the only toad species native to Puerto Rico and once ranged over the entire island of Puerto Rico at lower elevations. They are presently found only in single locations on the northwest and southwest coasts.

The endangered Puerto Rican crested toad, like many amphibians worldwide, is in critical danger of extinction. These toads are unique and easily identified by their turned up snout and bony head crest. Their greatest threats are human-related and include habitat loss and the introduction of the invasive giant toad (Anaxyrus marinus).

Habitat: The drier, semi-arid sections of the island make up the toad's habitat. The toad is usually found in rocky limestone areas and utilizes rain pools for breeding.
Diet: Their diet consists mainly of snails, beetles, and other bugs.
Status: Critically Endangered.
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: Females weigh up to 3.6 ounces, while males weigh about 2 ounces.

Length: Females are larger than 4 inches, while males are smaller than 3 inches.
Lifespan:

Unknown in the wild, but they live about 10 years in captivity.

Reproduction & Offspring:

Heavy rains prompts breeding, and the female toad may lay as many as 15,000 eggs in long black strands. The growth from eggs to toadlets takes 18 days. Young toadlets clump together to help each other save body moisture as they move away from the breeding pond.


 

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