Marine Toad

(Bufo marinus)

One male marine toad calls the Zoo home. He was born in 2006 and came to the Zoo in 2007. Adults have a short, squat body with short legs and are gray or olive brown to reddish brown, sometimes with darker spots, and have a creamy white or yellowish underside flecked with brown. The skin is dry and on the back and legs it is covered with warts.

Animal Facts


The main diet is insects and worms but marine toads are not fussy eaters. They have been known to eat small snakes, frogs, lizards and even mice. They will also eat bees straight out of the hive and dog food out of the bowl. They will eat their own young, if necessary.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

The natural range of the marine toad is southern Texas, Central America, the Amazon Basin and southern Peru.

This species was introduced by man for pest control into Puerto Rico, Haiti, Hawaii, Florida and eastern Australia. The natural habitat of marine toads is tropical rainforest or tropical deciduous forest. They are, however, much more common in villages and cleared areas than in forests. Marine toads are not considered at risk.

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