While weeding our garden, my wife Becky spotted a welcome friend, an Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus). Eastern American Toads are frequently found around human habitations throughout the eastern part of North America. They serve a good purpose because of their appetite for insects.
Interestingly, they do not croak like frogs. Instead they trill. Our friend is likely a female so she is silent. Females are generally larger than the males and have a lighter, more evenly colored throat.
(Check out the photos below. You can click on the photos for an enlarged view.)