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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Nongame & Endangered Wildlife > Frogs & Toads of Indiana > Fowler's Toad Fowler's Toad

Fowler's ToadDescription

2-3” (5.1-7.5 cm). Usually brown, gray, greenish, or brick red in color. Belly white with single dark spot on chest. Warty dry skin, three or more warts in each large dark spot on back. Parotoid gland touches cranial ridge behind eye.

Call Description

Short bleat, nasal w-a-a-a-h, lasting three to four seconds, like the sound of a lifeguard whistle.

Indiana Range



Variety of insects, spiders, worms, centipedes, millipedes, etc.


Areas with loose or sandy soil such as wooded country, lake margins, streambeds, flood plains, and gardens.

Breeding Habitat

Fairly open warm, shallow waters, including woodland and farm ponds, lake edges, stream backwaters, marshes, sloughs, and natural pools.

Breeding Season

Early May – Mid June


Strings of 7,000 – 10,000 eggs, attached to vegetation in shallow water. Hatch in 2-3 days.


Small and dark, attach to underwater vegetation, swim in dense groups. Similar to American toad tadpoles. Transform in 4-5 weeks, reach maturity by 2 years of age.