Bufo quercicus (Oak Toad)

Color Changes

 

 

 

The individual on the left was just moved from a dark substrate to the light sand and photographed.  The same individual is shown to the right, photographed 1.5 hours later.  The white sand is more typical of the natural habitat of the toad.  Is it possible that this toad can change colors to match the background?

 

Marietta College student Andrew Rosendale answered this question definitively in 2007.  Click here to see a copy of his poster.