Eastern Narrow-Mouthed Toad
An unusual, plump little amphibian that is seldom seen. There is a fold of skin behind its narrow, pointed head. The legs are short. There is no tympanum (external eardum) on the head and no webbing between the toes. Overall color is tan, brown, gray, or reddish brown. The back has a pattern that looks like a long, dark wedge pointing toward the head. This wedge is bordered by a wide stripe of a lighter color that runs along the side. Below that is a dark stripe running from the snout to the side of the hind legs. These patterns are often obscured by the presence of numerous small dark brown or black markings. The belly is heavily mottled with dark gray. Call is a bleating, nasal baaaa, which sounds like a lamb.
Similar species: The range of the western narrow-mouthed toad overlaps with this species in western Missouri. It has a lighter color and lacks prominent markings on the back. Also, its call is quite different, being a short, high peel followed by a nasal buzz.