Got Toads?: Love the Toads!

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Got Toads?

By Horseshoe
February 12, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Toads, Oh MY! Well, nix the first two but the latter is a must in your garden! Ninety percent of a toad's diet consists of insects as well as other small creatures (think cutworms!) Encourage them to linger by providing a toad abode (upturned flower pot, box, etc) and a shallow pool for drinking and cooling off in on hot days.

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Marilyn
Feb 11, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Cinda,

Love your toad pic! Cute! Lovey dubby Green Grin!

I'm always thrilled when I see toads in my garden/yard! Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Feb 11, 2012 7:56 PM CST
Great tip Shoe! Thumbs up I agree .... toads are our friends and we should encourage them to live in our garden. The more toads, the less insects to munch on our plants!

Cinda: I like that photo too!
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tropicbreeze
Feb 11, 2012 11:57 PM CST
It depends very much on where you live and whether toads belong.
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plantladylin
Feb 12, 2012 7:39 AM CST
Zig: That is very true in some circumstances. While we have native frogs/toads here in Florida, we also have the very invasive Cuban Tree Frogs which eat our native tree frogs and anything thing else that will fit in their mouths: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_tree_frog
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LindaTX8
Feb 12, 2012 10:04 AM CST
I think toads are great...I've missed them. We've been too droughty for them to show up very often in recent years. And this tip sure is appropriate, now that we've got that new forum, Gardening for Wildlife!
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mollymistsmith
Feb 12, 2012 10:47 AM CST
Love my frogs!!! Of course I have to watch out for the rattlesnakes that also show up to eat the frogs. Grumbling Although I have been pretty lucky that when they see me come to the garden they slither off into the woods. Smiling
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tropicbreeze
Feb 12, 2012 12:11 PM CST
plantladylin said:Zig: That is very true in some circumstances. While we have native frogs/toads here in Florida, we also have the very invasive Cuban Tree Frogs which eat our native tree frogs and anything thing else that will fit in their mouths: ]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_tree_frog


That's right Lin, and you also have the Coqui Frogs in Hawaii. Here toads have been a catastrophic environmental disaster brought on by well meaning but shortsighted people. In the right place these things are an essential part of their natural system. Outside of it can be quite a different (and expensive) story.
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Horseshoe
Feb 12, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Ugh. Zig, I remember reading some years back about how toads were shipped somewhere to "help" with mosquitoes or something of that kin and it backfired on them, with toads eating entirely to many beneficials or something and causing even more problems. That must have been in your area, eh? No fair.

Fortunately in my area there are no invasive species (crossing fingers), not even the Cuban tree frogs so I'm blessed in that regard.

Speaking of tree frogs, I've been hearing them for the past week at night. I've never heard them in January before. I guess this weather is messing with more than just plants, eh?

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eclayne
Feb 12, 2012 3:21 PM CST

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Love dem toads. Fortunately I don't have to do much for them as there are so many places for them to hang out. Only problem comes when I'm cutting the grass and have to keep my eyes peeled. Toughest with the really little ones. I now have an old tool bag they go into taped to the handle.
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crittergarden
Feb 21, 2012 12:35 PM CST
And I learned from some other thread recently that if you put a SAUCER under your "toad home", it can help hold enough moisture to attract and keep tham.
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tarev
Feb 21, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Love toads! Now if only I can persuade them to hang about awhile longer before they head down the dry creek bed. Winter two years ago were more conducive for them, much more rain here, but this winter is drier than usual. I hope to hear their croaking orchestra come spring, if they did manage to stay around.
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GardnerGal
Apr 20, 2012 6:17 PM CST
In a shady spot in one of my flower spots, I have an upturned terra cotta pot with a hole for the toads to enter. One day, I decided to move it, and SURPRISE!!! I left it there.
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Marilyn
Apr 20, 2012 9:52 PM CST
GardnerGal said:In a shady spot in one of my flower spots, I have an upturned terra cotta pot with a hole for the toads to enter. One day, I decided to move it, and SURPRISE!!! I left it there.


Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up

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jvdubb
Jun 27, 2013 10:02 AM CST
I love my toads! I have three separate residents. One lives by the pool and I often have to scoop him/her out! S/he floats around until s/he gets to the skimmer. Then s/he swims to the other end and then floats back. Repeat! Too funny.

One of my other ones is very mad at me right now because I demolished its mansion (a series of upside down milk crates holding up my winter sowing jugs). Sorry toadey!

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jvdubb
Apr 18, 2014 8:58 AM CST
Just saw my first toad of the season this past Sunday. It was hunkered down in a divet in the lawn. I hope it found some place warmer to hang when we had very cold nights this week.
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crittergarden
Apr 18, 2014 9:23 AM CST
I am on my 12th season in Pittsburgh and I have yet to see a toad.
Crying

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jvdubb
Apr 18, 2014 2:33 PM CST
Bummer crittergarden! They are one of my favorite creatures
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crittergarden
Apr 18, 2014 3:08 PM CST
I like 'em too. And I put an appropriate pot out there.
AND an appropriate piece of a downed limb with a "cave".

I think it may not be wet enough out there.
Last year I put a second pot within range of the sprinkler I run every day it doesn't rain.
Still no toad.
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LindaTX8
Apr 20, 2014 12:18 PM CST
I'm hoping to see toads this year, also. They don't do well in droughts, but often a few will turn up in the yard, where there's more moisture.
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crittergarden
Apr 20, 2014 3:47 PM CST
Now I have TWO toad homes in range of the sprinkler I turn on every day it doesn't rain.
Send me some toads!!
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