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This family of over 350 species can be found worldwide except in Madagascar and Oceania. The true toads are recognized by their dull, thick, warty skin. The warts are actually glands that secrete toxins as a defense against predators. Be sure to wash your hands after touching a toad! Most toads live on land and lack teeth.

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