Toad (Bufo terrestris)

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Time posted: September 29, 2006

Toads rule.

Toads are pest eating machines. In a growing season, a toad can eat thousands of pests that would be eating your garden, making you grumpy. We are blessed with a small army of toads (and less than blessed by a large army of frogs, but that’s a different post).

The kids love it. We can reliably scare up a couple of toads. They have a lot of possibilites for entertainment too. We do toad races, where we draw a circle in the dirst and first toad that hops out is the winner. But the kids know they have to release the toads back into the garden, becuase they are doing heavy work.

That doesn’t mean they can’t feed a few nightcrawlers before they turn the toad loose though.

We get a good range of sizes, but the favorites are the little ones about the size of a dime. We have a lot of those. This summer we turned up one about baseball size hanging out under the brush hog. The one in the picture is about three inches, and spent the night in an empty aquarium. He got a good snack of worms before he was cut loose.

toad
pest eating super predator


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