Earth Day 2015 - Recognizing Endangered Species Project - Wyoming Toad, Bufo Baxteri
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Earth Day 2015 - Recognizing Endangered Species Project - Wyoming Toad, Bufo Baxteri

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The Wyoming Toad, Bufo Baxteri, is an endangered species that can be found in the wetlands of the Laramie Basin in Wyoming. The combination of insecticides, agricultural activity, climate change, and disease (main culprit) has brought the toad to the brink of extinction in the wild. These brown and green knobby-skinned toads spend their entire lives in and near the water, depositing their eggs in shallow ponds and small lakes. It is important to save these amphibians (as they are predators) feeding on small insects and mosquitoes. This helps the ecosystem by keeping the mosquito population in order and decreasing the spread of disease through insects. It is helpful not to release captive amphibians into the wild and not moving wild caught amphibians from one location to another to help protect the Wyoming Toad and eliminate the risk of spreading disease.

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