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American Toads Trilling – Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods and marshes of New England

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods and marshes of New England

 AMERICAN  TOADS  TRILLING

Try holding a note for 35 seconds, and you’ll have a better appreciation for the courtship song of the American toad! The singing male shuts his nostrils and mouth and then pumps air back and forth from his lungs over his vocal cords and into his inflated throat pouch, or vocal sac, which acts as a resonating chamber. When several toads are singing at the same time, you can identify individuals, as each male in a chorus sings at a slightly different pitch. You can watch one singing at http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=A6-8pC8o5fw&feature=related .