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A Key to Wisconsin's
This key was re-created
with permission from Christoffel et al. (2001) Amphibians of Wisconsin.
Amphibians of Wisconsin is a booklet produced by the Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources and can by ordered on by
making out a check for $4.00 to the Endangered Resources Program (be sure to
write "Herps Education Account" on the memo line). Checks should
be sent to:
Bureau of Endangered
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
To use this key:
This circular key works
from the inside out. Here's an example:
Start in the center of
the circle at the word "amphibians".
Next, look at the
specimen you are trying to identify.
Determine whether or
not it has a tail.
If it has no tail,
look to the right for the section labeled "Frogs, adults with no tails".
Using Figure 1. on the
right side of the key, determine if the frog you are looking at has paratoid
If it has paratoid
glands, move to the block labeled "paratoid glands present".
Move out one more
section, and you will be given the common name of the frog you are trying to
identify. In this case, the American Toad.