For many in Arizona, monsoon season is both a joy and a hassle. While lightning and rain hold beauty for some, not everyone loves the muggy temperatures associated with the season. Homeowners who are prepared for monsoon season before it approaches in late June are more likely to enjoy the benefits of the season instead of the drawbacks.
Many homeowners prepare for monsoon season by stocking up on back-up lighting, keeping drinking water on hand and storing loose items from the yard or patio. However, not all homeowners are prepared for the four-legged invasion that often accompanies a monsoon. Sonoran Desert toads, sometimes known as Colorado River toads, come out in hoards during monsoon rains.
You may have heard of these toads referred to as Bufo frogs, which is derived from their scientific name. They are common throughout the Sonoran Desert and are considered the largest toads in the U.S. The Sonoran Desert toad can grow up to eight inches long and weigh more than two pounds. All in all, some seven different species of toads and frogs are native to the Sonoran Desert and may appear during monsoon season.