The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) is found across much of British Columbia. They live most of their lives in terrestrial environments but lay their eggs in small ponds. In the spring they make their way to these ponds where males search tirelessly for females since they are non-vocal. Once found they climb on top of the female and fertilize the eggs as she lays them in long strings. The tadpoles turn into toadlets and by mid-summer they emerge from the ponds and head for forests or meadows. Like some other of BC’s amphibians they exude a poison as a defense mechanism.