Bufo - from the Latin bufonis, for toad

cognatus - from the Latin word meaning related; a reference to early observations that this species is similar in appearance and habitat to other members of the genus Bufo

A toad of the Great Plains!

As its name suggests, this toad is a resident of the Great Plains in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Although it spends most of its days underground, these toads help farmers by feeding on crop pests at night.