photo by Joel Andersen

{ August 20, 2020, Boom Lake, Alberta }

Western Toad; Anaxyrus boreas

Western toads live in a variety of habitats from aquatic to upland habitats. 

The Western toad is listed as special concern through COSEWIC and is on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act. These toads face stressors including habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and disease. Typically, females produce offspring later in their life and reproduce less frequently than other amphibians. This is another factor in the species’ population decline. 


Reference: COSEWIC assessment and status report 2012