Sometimes having water isn’t about a puddle, a stream, or a pond.
This here American Toad is an amphibian, and yes, they need that spring pool to lay eggs. But like plenty of other wildlife, toads can get the moisture they need if they can find the right shady spot, maybe tucked away in a shady corner where the leaves have gathered under your bushes.
Pretty good day for this old squirrel for matching the Blogging A to Z Challenge letter and Ol’ Wally’s regular water column. All amphibians have a ‘double life’, including the American Toad who starts his life as a tadpole in the water.
Though they don’t continue to live in water, toads–which you can tell apart from frogs because of their bumpy skin–continue to live in damp areas. Their skin is kind of fragile, especially if you compare it to something like a squirrel’s nice fur coat. We are rough and ready!
Some folks in these parts like to encourage toads to stay in their gardens. They leave drifts of leaves in the corners so the toads can hide during the heat of the day, then come out at night to eat those pesky slugs. Ms. Flora tells me some of the neater humans remove all their leaves, so if you’re one of those, may I recommend some other shelter? Maybe one of these fancy houses?
I can’t guarantee it works as well as damp leaves, but anything is worth a try to keep the slug population in check!
Ol’ Wally here takes things real slow come summertime. I often meander over to the closest pond to get a drink. On a visit this week, I met up with a ‘frog’ who did not hop into the water at my approach.
Yep, this here is an American Toad. Though he started out in the water as a tadpole like the bullfrogs who have practically taken over this backyard pond, he doesn’t like deep water. He stared at me and I stared at him, and then I left. I’d rather he stuck around so we can have some amphibian diversity in our backyards.