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The Western Toad is a large toad with a light stripe down the middle of the back and small round or oval ‘warts’ on the back, sides and upper limbs. Western Toads are usually green or brown, but their colour varies from olive green to reddish brown or black. Newly hatched tadpoles and toadlets are black.
In 2014, the Northwest Territories (NWT) Species at Risk Committee assessed the Western Toad as Threatened in the NWT because of its small range and concern about threats. The Western Toad is under consideration for listing under the territorial Species at Risk (NWT) Act.