While hiking the Big Pines trail in Algonquin Park, I went to look at some large pileated woodpecker holes at the base of a conifer tree. On closer inspection, we discovered this healthy-looking American Toad underneath the tree. The toad was located beside a pile of wood dust, waiting patiently perhaps for hungry wood-boring beetles to appear. Her chosen hunting location seems to be a successful one:
This is a photo of a toad making a slow get-away. Note the tracking details of the left, hind foot.
Toad eggs in silty water. (Lockyer Pits in Orangeville, May 2014).