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Spotted Toad - Rhaebo guttatus : WAZA : World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Spotted Toad

(Rhaebo guttatus)




Facts about this animal

With a length of up to 18 cm is the nocturnal Bufo guttata a giant among the members of the genus Bufo. In comparison to the other toads it has a relatively smooth skin (it is therefore also called Smooth-sided Toad) The upper side of the head and the back are light brown (a limited physiological colour adaptation to the underground is possible) The few flat warts are darker. The side of the head and the body is seamed by a dark brown band going through the eye. The throat and the belly are red-brown with cream-colored spots, the „drops“ that are the origin of the German name.

Did you know?
When threatened the toads blow themselves up, lower the head and raise their hind quarters and their posterior. If they are grabbed, the males emit a rasping defence sound.


Name (Scientific) Rhaebo guttatus
Name (English) Spotted Toad
Name (German) Tropfenkröte
Name (Spanish) Sapo dorado
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Mikhail F. Bagaturov



Range Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
Habitat It lives on the ground, close to rivers, or in deep leaf litter on the forest floor in tropical rain forests 50 – 850 m asl. The species seems to be associated with mature gallery forests.
Wild population It is locally common, except in the Guianas where it is rare. Logging, forest conversion and clear cutting are all threats to this species. It is not tolerant of habitat alteration. However it covers a vast range, and the threats to the species are generally localised.
Zoo population 98 reported to ISIS (2007)

In the Zoo

Spotted Toad


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 45 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Photo Copyright by
Mikhail F. Bagaturov