In celebration of the 4th of July, Mike Eddy's superbly slimy photograph of the American Toad is our weekly winner.
If you're not familiar with this species, American Toads are renowned for one of the most notable toad calls. They give off long trill sounds lasting between 4 and 20 seconds, but can last up to 40 seconds. And if you thought a pet dog was a commitment, these little guys are capable of living up to 40 years!
Mike says, "This photo of an American Toad was taken at Narragansett Trail in North Stonington CT. I was on a hike when this little guy hopped out in front of me. It was still early in the summer and this guy was just a juvenile. The picture was taken with Canon 17-85mm lens at f/6. After posing for me to snap a few photos he went right on his merry way."