Oak Toad - Anaxyrus quercicus


*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.


Similar Species: 

Species Range:  The Oak Toad is found in the Coastal Plain from southeast Virginia to eastern Louisiana, south through all of peninsular Florida and even to the Florida Keys.

Louisiana Range:  The Florida Parishes from the Pearl River westward to the extreme eastern parts of East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parishes.


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Global Conservation Status:  Oak Toads have a relatively wide distribution in the southeastern United States, a presumed large population, and tolerate a degree of habitat modification, and thus, are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Oak Toads do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks:  I finally photographed this species in Louisiana in 2021, but I have heard good choruses of Oak Toads near Abita Springs (St. Tammany Parish) on several occasions between 2010-2015. I just have not spent much time herping in their range.

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