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American Toad Explosive Breeding - May 2, 2013

Photos of peak activity during explosive breeding involving American Toad. During this late afternoon session I observed 20 male-female pairs in amplexus where the male clasps its feet around the female and is positioned on the female's back. Several of the photos show egg strings being deposited by the females. There were also several toad balls involving a female and several males. There was further follow-up during the evening with additional photos in the next album.
(Photographed on private property, southern Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada)

American Toad - location of explosive breeding episode
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - eggs
American Toad - males competing for a female form a Toad ball
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - males competing for a female form a Toad ball
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - male
American Toad - male
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - males competing for a female form a Toad ball
American Toad - males competing for a female form a Toad ball
American Toad - male biting side of female?
American Toad - eggs
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus
American Toad - breeding and egg laying area in shallow water along pond shoreline
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - male
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - male
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing
American Toad - small male on top of larger female in amplexus, some eggs also showing