Asian Common Toad

Like its name, it is the common toad of Asia. Tonight I went for a walk in the Parque de Mong Hu in Macau and spotted several of these toads. It is the only green spot in this part of the city, so it was nice to get a bit of nature in the most densely populated country on earth.

The Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) can be identified by the black bony ridges around the eyes and snout and spiny warts on the back. They do well in urban and disturbed habitats and breed and feed in stagnant pools and puddles. They can grow up to 8 inches, but I only saw smaller specimens. They were easy to pick up. The Common Asian Toad ranges from Pakistan and India to Malaysia and Indonesia. They are not found in Japan, most likely due to the cold winters.

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