Water for Toads: Hmmmmm....

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Water for Toads

By gardengus
August 22, 2011

Toads absorb water through their skin, so shallow dishes of water will attract toads to the area of the garden where you need insect control.

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Aug 21, 2011 6:36 PM CST
And will those toads eat all the mosquito larvae in those shallow dishes? Big Grin

And apropos of nothing, except that it was one of my dad's favorite quotations and mention of toads brings it to mind:
"Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing"
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Ridesredmule
Aug 21, 2011 6:42 PM CST
They probably may as a tadpole. I have lots of tadpoles and hope they are doing their jobs. Very good tip...
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woofie
Aug 21, 2011 6:52 PM CST
Sorry if that comment came across as a bit snarky. Wasn't intended that way, but we do have a problem with mosquitos here and it's been recommended that we avoid having any standing water about, even to the extent of not putting saucers under pots. Blinking
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Aguane
Aug 21, 2011 7:10 PM CST
We have mosquito problems too in this desert. Our desert toads live under ground and seem to come out only when it rains very hard, puddling up in the garden.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 21, 2011 7:42 PM CST
I wish a toad would come live here. We do have the little green tree frogs.
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gardengus
Aug 21, 2011 7:46 PM CST
I have never found mosquito larva in the shallow dishes that my toads occupy , the cats and dogs will not drink out of the toad dishes either. I do not know if the toad eats the mosquitoes or larva I rather think not. I do however change the water once a week If it has not all evaporated and the mosquitoes that live in North America have a longer water life-cycle than 7 days.
I guess I should have put more information in the tip , but thought it needed to be kept short.
I understand your concern and am not at all offended Smiling discussion is always a good thing, in my humble opinion.
And the world certainly does not need more mosquitoes.
Cinda
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Horseshoe
Aug 21, 2011 7:49 PM CST
I love toads! They've got a place in my garden, flower beds, where ever they want to reside here.

Toads and turtles...they're the best!

Shoe
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woofie
Aug 21, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Frogs, toads, snakes, they're all fine with me! Startled the heck out of me when I came across a fat garden snake curled up in one of the pots I was attempting to water, tho! Little rascal was about as big around as my finger and at least 18" long.
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mcash70
Aug 21, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Toads are very welcome in my garden, if you change the water in the saucers every few days there will not be a problem with mosquito larva. Rolling my eyes.
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Aug 22, 2011 7:16 AM CST

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I found this fella hanging out in the oleander. I thought dogs could sniff out snakes. My dogs weren't bothered at all. I couldn't get close enough to see if he had round eyes or slanted. But he stayed long enough for me to run back into house and get camera...
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Christine27360
Aug 22, 2011 8:16 AM CST
Oh Man my DH would run for the hills if he saw that in my garden!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

What kind of snake is that???

Funny Story: DH was in the tractor cutting hay... (the tractor has a cab)... so he sees a snake go flying out the back of the haybind and gets thrown into the windrow.... he screams in the tractor and jumps to the other side of the cab. Hilarious! Hilarious! Like it can get in the cab of the tractor! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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woofie
Aug 22, 2011 9:02 AM CST
And see, now I didn't know that if you changed out the water once a week, mosquitos wouldn't be a problem. Learn something new every day! Smiling
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Ridesredmule
Aug 22, 2011 9:05 AM CST
I was hoping someone on here would know....
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KyWoods
Aug 22, 2011 10:11 AM CST
What a great poem, Woofie, do you know who wrote it?

Pretty li'l snake! You could post his picture here and they can tell you what kind he is: http://cubits.org/snakes/
LOL, on the snake in the tractor story!

I know if we don't change the birdbath water at least every third day, there are little wigglers in it. Eeeew!
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woofie
Aug 22, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Renee, you mean you're going to make me try to spell Shakespeare? Big Grin Sigh, I'm never sure just what is correct. Confused
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Aug 22, 2011 10:37 AM CST
LOL, thanks! Looks correct to me...
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Horntoad
Aug 22, 2011 3:13 PM CST
Sorta looks like an Eastern Garter Snake.
Look at the middle picture. Checkered coloration
http://www.uga.edu/srelherp/snakes/thasir.htm
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gardengus
Aug 22, 2011 3:18 PM CST
I agree, they are common here , but usually I see them on the ground.
Good garden buddies , they eat a lot of unwanted pests. Smiling
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Ridesredmule
Aug 22, 2011 3:35 PM CST
Yep, may have been. i don't bother them, they get mice too!!!!
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woofie
Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Um, they also eat toads.............
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