EASTERN NARROWMOUTH TOAD (Gastrophryne carolinensis)
Adult Eastern Narrowmouth Toads are generally 1-1 1/4 inches long. Their color is a uniform brown to reddish brown. The belly is whitish with dark gray mottling. Males have a blackish throat.
This animal is restricted to extreme southeastern Kansas and is currently known only in the Ozark Plateau region of Cherokee County. It is a spring breeder utilizing clear, temporary, predator-free pools and shallows of well vegetated impoundments. It prefers areas of loose damp soil beneath large rocks and debris. May also be found around old buildings.
SPECIES PROTECTION AND CRITICAL HABITATS
Eastern Narrowmouth Toads are protected by the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act and administrative regulations applicable thereto. Any time an eligible project is proposed that will impact the species’ preferred habitats within its probable range, the project sponsor must contact the Ecological Services Section, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, Kansas 67124-8174. Department personnel can then advise the project sponsor on permit requirements.
DESIGNATED CRITICAL HABITATS
As defined by Kansas Administrative Regulation, critical habitats include those areas documented as currently supporting self-sustaining population(s) of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife as well as those areas determined by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to be essential for the conservation of any threatened or endangered species of wildlife.
Currently, the following areas are designated as critical habitat for Eastern Narrowmouth Toad:
All suitable habitats within that portion of Cherokee County lying south and east of a line beginning at the Kansas-Missouri border at NE corner Sec. 36, T32S, R25E, then extending due west to the NW corner Sec. 32, T32S, R25E, then extending due south to the SW corner Sec. 17, T34S, R25E, then following US 66 southwesterly to the Kansas-Oklahoma border at the NW/4 Sec. 13, T35S, R24E.