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Fowler’s Toads {Bufo Fowleri}

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Fowler’s toads {Bufo Fowleri} are very similar to the American Toad {Bufo Americanus}

Sexing and Characteristics:

These Bufo species are found in the Midwestern and eastern United States and eastern Canada.Both Male and Female Fowler’s Toads are noted for having a SINGLE DARK SPOT on their otherwise spotless chest area.Females are usually larger than males. Males have a grayish or darker chin/throat area,this area has more stretchable skin then the female, it will puff out like a balloon when he calls for a mate.He will begin calling for a mate in intervals that can last up to thirty seconds. Fowler’s are known to reproduce during the warmer months of the year - between may and June. Fowler’s Toads are slightly smaller then the American Toad about 2-3 inches. Their colors range from grays to browns with a light stripe down their back, They have more then 3 warts within the largest spots on their back.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

In the wild they prefer a sandy substrate with some small stones to burrow in but I found in captivity they seemed to be very comfortable in -brick of dirt-Brand name:Bed a Beast. Water should not take up more then 20% of the housing.A nice shallow repti bowl, deep enough for your toad to sit in but not over its head.Make sure they can climb in and out easily. Always use de chlorinated water. They love a good soak.Some Leafy plants like Pathos, real or fake look nice and they like to sit under the leaves .Add some smooth flat stones around the pool for basking and a toad abode or rock type hide will make them very satisfied.

Lighting and UVB:

Medium sunlight or one 25Watt tank bulb can be used.Always make sure toads have a ample shade area.Light should be off at night.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Day temp should be between 65-75 degrees F. Night temp should drop no lower then 55 degrees F. Humidity need not be altered unless you live in a extremely dry climate.Daily misting can be done to increase humidity if necessary.

Heating and Equipment:

Don’t use heat rocks ,they burn their feet. No special heating should needed when the Toads are in your house, in their tank at room temperature.A thermometer strip is a good idea.

Caging Provided:

I house my two Fowler’s in a 10 gallon tank, it seems to be just the right size for two toads comfortably.



Description of Diet:

My Fowler’s Toads prefer crickets-they shy away from earthworms. Crickets are available at most pet shops or on line ,they should be the main part of your toads diet.However wax worms,earthworms,sow bugs,and tiny feeder fish could all be tried as a treat to see if they like it.I feed 2-3 crickets two times a day .The size of the crickets depends on the size of your toads.When they first MORPH and crawl on to land they will be adjusting to a whole new way of life.Their newly developed legs are spindly and weak,they will strengthen quickly with good food and exercise [jumping around their tank}. Their little bodies are now breathing out of water and you will see a lot of yawning as they expand their newly developed lungs. They will still be absorbing their tale and might not want food at first but still offer it ,they will except it soon. Tiny morphs: I would start with the smallest crickets you can buy 1/8inch would be great.Once they start popping those like M&Ms,{however much they eat in 15 minutes} go to the next size larger etc. once they are fully grown you should be using the medium to large size crickets.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I dust the crickets with a general vitamin powder twice a week.


Water should be changed every day.The entire tank should be changed once a month .I pooper scoop daily. With fresh de chlorinated water daily,fresh food,and a clean home this hardy species is ideal for anyone interested in Toads,even a beginner.

Some Words on this Species:

I have always removed my toads to a separate smaller feeding tank at feeding time. I prefer to see if they eat and how much they eat. Also at this time I look them over making sure all is well. While they’re eating I change the water and freshen up their substrate{pooper scoop,add a little fresh brick of dirt and toss}before I put them back. I hope this information is helpful to you. May I add one IMPORTANT peace of advice:ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER HOLDING ANY REPTILE OR AMPHIBIAN FOR THEIR HEALTH AND YOURS,Excessive handling is harmful.We are toxic to them ,they are toxic to us. THANK YOU
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