The eyes of a common toad at the water's surface

True toads

True toads are family of amphibians containing over 350 species and are distinguished from amphibians commonly known as toads, by their lack of teeth and generally warty skin. Many species can release toxins from their skin as a deterrent to predators that might otherwise try to eat them.

Scientific name: Bufonidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the True toads taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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