In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Golden Toad in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.
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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Golden Toad.
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How to Draw a Golden Toad - Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Start with our golden toad's head. Add in enough room for the eye on top.
Step 2: Draw a circle within a circle for the eye and give the toad a mouth. He's looking pretty pleased!
Step 3: From the base of the neck draw a curved line for his back. Do the same for the underbelly, but leave spaces for his legs!
Step 4: Draw the front legs and feet. See the webbing between the toad's toes? That helps him swim!
Step 5: Now draw the back legs. These will be thicker than the front legs, and curved too. Add webbing here as well!
Interesting Facts about Golden Toads
The Golden Toad is one of the most well-known cases of extinction. Scientists can tell us how the toads were killed off and why. Golden Toads lost their habitat and the climate changed. The fast change of wet rainforests caused many eggs to die before they could hatch. The Golden Toad lived in Costa Rica, they liked ponds and marsh areas, but those breeding grounds eventually dried up. Females were larger than males; they measured 42-56 millimeters long. A male only reached 39-48 millimeters long.
Did you know?
- Golden Toads have not been seen since 1989.
- Jay Savage discovered the toads in 1964.
- Females would produce 200-400 eggs.
- 1 of 500 species of Bufonidae toads. That means they are part of group of animals that are nothing, but toads. They are sometimes called “True Toads.”
- Males were a bright orange golden color, which gave the toad its name. Females were dark and covered in red and yellow spots.
Activity: Draw a Golden Toad and distribute a copy to each student. Gather up art supplies like markers, crayons, colored pencils, and tempera paint. Tell each child to color their toad according to whether they are a girl or a boy. So if a student is a boy his toad will be the orange gold color. If the student is a girl, then her toad needs to have red and yellow spots.