Lantern Toad

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Lantern Toad - "Sebastian Romu" © 2019

About

Common Names
Lantern Toad, Glow Toad
Classification
Amphibian

The Lantern Toad, or Glow Toad, produces a variable bio-luminescent yellow-orange glow in the warts on its back, and when inflating its throat pouch. The toad uses this glow to draw in insects and minnows or other small amphibians which it eats.

Description

Size
<2.5 kg (<5 pounds), 12-15 centimetres (4-6 inches) in length.
Appearance
Large brown toad with yellowish warts on back and legs. Webbed feet, and a large inflatable throat pouch yellow in colour.
Sexual Dimorphism
No obvious difference between the sexes.
Variance
Some species specific differences in colouration, size, or patterning exist.

Ecology

Habitat
Tropical to Temperate Freshwater Wetlands.
Diet
Lantern Toads eat a variety of small animals, insects, worms, minnows, and other amphidians or lizards.

Behaviour

Social grouping
Solitary
Temperament
Wary
Intelligence
Animal
Reproduction
Lantern Toads mate and the females lay clumps of upwards of 50 eggs in shallow standing water. These eggs mature and hatch into legless larval toads which swim about eating a variety of small insects and other food animals. They grow legs over time, and eventually lose their tails, at which point they switch from a purely aquatic juvenile to a amphibious adult.
Wintering
During winter in climates where it is cold enough for surface water to freeze, Lantern Toads will hibernate, burying themselves in soft mud or soil, and emerge in the early spring following the thaw.

Sub-Species

Domestication

General
Lantern Toads have not been domesticated, although a few are kept as curiosities.
Resources
Meat. Some arcanists utilize these toads and parts thereof in potions or other charms.

Stories

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