Phoenix Zoo: Reptile And Amphibian Awareness Day

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Phoenix Zoo: Reptile And Amphibian Awareness Day
Phoenix Zoo: Reptile And Amphibian Awareness Day

October 21, 2021Reptiles and amphibians play important roles in ecosystems around the world, even in Arizona! To celebrate these scaly and slimy wonders of the world, let’s highlight the Sonoran desert toad. In the wild they are found from the Mogollon Rim to Mexico in deserts at lower elevations. Sonoran desert toads spend most of their hibernation (November-April and June-late July / early August) underground where it is humid to avoid dry heat and cold. They come out of the ground to eat and breed during the monsoon season. During this time, you can catch a glimpse of a tiny watermelon hopping down the street. Yes, that’s right, they can reach the size of a tiny watermelon! Sonoran desert toads are solitary amphibians that only come together to breed and spend most of their time above the ground in search of food. They eat everything that moves – crickets, grasshoppers, other toads, lizards and small spiders! Next time you’re at the Phoenix Zoo, check out these unique toads on the Arizona Trail! This press release was produced by Phoenix Zoo. The views expressed here are your own.

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