Originally Posted by Nekochan
My friend's little sister called me earlier today and asked me if I wanted a toad.
Apparently she brought one back from Indiana but didn't know what to do with it. We don't have them around here. I agreed to take it since I've had frogs/toads before... Now I just need to go buy some moss to give it a nice place to live.
Too cute. Along with the moss, you'll need some food... unless you are going to catch food from outside?
I didn't know this but thanks to the site Willowy posted:
|Warning Toads have enlarged glands (called the paratoid glands) on the side of the neck, one behind each eye. These glands secrete a viscous white poison that gets smeared in the mouth of any would-be predator, inflaming the mouth and throat and causing nausea, irregular heart beat, and, in extreme cases, death. Toads pose a danger to pets, which may pounce on and bite them. Humans should take care to wash their hands after handling a toad, and to avoid touching the mouth or eyes until having done so.
We have always washed our hands, but I didn't know the above.
The first time I found out, scared the crap out of me. Doing some gardening in the raised beds, reached under a hosta, and a toad jumped out at me. It's funny now
but I was really startled.
I'm glad they are here though. We had horrible slug probs the first yr we gardened
but the following yr was when I found my first toad.... then we kept finding them from then on. Some yrs its just 2 or 3...other years its 6-8... This year so far we've rescued 4 from the window wells.
I don't keep them or anything, I let them go their merry way and HOPE they come back next year.... which they have so far. I'd actually miss em if they were gone....and my hostas would be a mess from the slugs.