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During my first field job in Tennessee, I was dip-netting for tadpoles when I found this American toad. Any anuran found at the artificial pools had to have measurements taken, so I stored him in my pocket until I was done. • American toads are the most widely distributed toad in North America. They can be found in Canada all the way to sections of every south eastern state except Florida. They mainly hide during the day, burrowing in the soil or hiding under logs, and are active at night consuming ants, beetles, moths, earth worms, etc. Wild American toads normally live around one or two years, but the oldest known captive toad lived to be 36 years old, until it died accidentally. • After collecting measurements, I released this individual back where I had found it.