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Knots of dime-size toads leaping into forests

Mon., Aug. 16, 2010

CHIMACUM, Wash. – Millions of dime-size toads are hopping on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, heading for the woods.

The tiny Western toads are leaving their lake and wetland nurseries to migrate to forests. It’s what the toads do after becoming ex-polliwogs.

The toads are found throughout the West, but the Peninsula Daily News says they are blanketing the shoreline at Anderson Lake, a state park south of Port Townsend.

Park Ranger Mike Zimmerman estimates there are at least a million of the amphibians, more than he’s seen in the 14 years he’s been at the park.

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