Puerto Rican Crested Toad

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Range
Native to Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands

Habitat
Inhabits dry areas, mostly found in low-lying areas with rocky crevices or well-drained soil, like rocky limestone outcrops

Distinguishing Characteristics
They are yellowish to brown, pebbly-skinned toads with prominent crests above their eyes and snouts that are turned up. They have marbled, golden eyes and are densely covered with warts and blackish spines. Females are larger than males and have larger crests

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: crickets, wax worms, pinkie mice

Diet in the Wild: worms, insect larvae, insects and other invertebrates

Behavior/Adaptations
Nocturnal

Status
Listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. Captive-raised tadpoles are being re-introduced into parts of Puerto Rico.