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Sounds of
Eastern American Toad - Anaxyrus americanus americanus

(Holbrook, 1836)

(= Bufo americanus americanus)
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Eastern American Toad
Calling Male

Eastern American Toad habitat
Breeding habitat


Advertisement Calls

An advertisement call is the most well-known call of a toad. It is produced by a male toad in order to attract females during the breeding season and to warn other rival males of his presence. Toads usually make the calls around bodies of water that are suitable for breeding and egg laying. These calls can be heard during the evening and at night, and sometimes during daylight at the peak of the breeding season.

The advertisement call of the Eastern American Toad is a long musical trill lasting from 6 to 30 seconds.

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This is an 8 second recording of one advertisement call of a male Eastern American Toad recorded at night at a small slow creek in Monroe County, Tennessee. This is a 30 second recording of two advertisement calls of a male Eastern American Toad recorded at night at a small slow creek in Monroe County, Tennessee. The space between the calls has been shortened considerably (from about 25 seconds.)
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This is a 6 second recording of the aborted advertisement call of a male Eastern American Toad recorded at night at a small slow creek in Monroe County, Tennessee. A second toad moved too close to the toad and a scuffle ensued with the toads making some light chirping sounds.

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