After work yesterday we went for a short walk -- short because it is so humid here you need gills to breathe!
There weren't too many critters out and about, but we did stumble (literally) across this very chubby toad along the way. It appeared to be a Southern toad, Bufo terrestris, but it is hard to be positive. Toads have an inconvenient tendency to hybridize.
This toad was fat and looked even fatter in my hand because it was puffed up in defensive mode. Toads try to make themselves too big to swallow by puffing up with air.
He eventually decided that I wasn't going to swallow him and raised his head to look around. He must not have been too afraid of me because he didn't pee on my hand when I picked him up. And no, you will not get warts from picking up toads!
After snapping a few pictures I set him back down and he hopped off into the woods.
(Oh, and in case you haven't figured it out yet, I love toads!)