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3mark
Mar 31, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Sometimes I find these, are they frogs or toads?
Length of about 3 inches / 7.5 cm (not that I've ever measured one, though).

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 31, 2017 11:29 AM CST
Looking at the feet, looks more like a toad since it is not webbed, body shape is stubbier, and the color of the skin is darker.
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Philipwonel
Mar 31, 2017 11:37 AM CST
It's a toad.
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plantladylin
Mar 31, 2017 12:00 PM CST
I'd guess a Toad also; a good critter to have in the garden because they eat insects.
For a more exact ID of which Toad it might be you can google for Toads of your country.
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greene
Mar 31, 2017 12:14 PM CST
Where in Europe is this toad?
You can encourage toads to breed right in your own yard if you keep a small body of water. I used a simple stainless steel pan from a restaurant, kept the water fresh and in the spring the toads mated and produced eggs for a new generation of toads. Toads are a good friend in the garden and eat tons of insects. Thumbs up
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Tisha
Mar 31, 2017 12:29 PM CST
frogs; smooth skin,stay mostly in water
toads; thicker bumpy (`warts`) skin, mostly on land
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3mark
Mar 31, 2017 12:30 PM CST
Quite the consensus, thank you everyone!

There actually is a body of water, a small lake, not 100 yards / meters away, that's where they may be coming from.

Following plantladylin's advice, I looked for a list of species that can be found here and it seems to be... the common toad Whistling There were only three and the other two look distinctly different than these, so this must be it.
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tarev
Mar 31, 2017 12:52 PM CST
I miss frogs and toads..wish we have them here..you are lucky to have one there! Thumbs up
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Philipwonel
Mar 31, 2017 5:08 PM CST
I have them. No waterpond or anything. They go dormant when its to dry. They just need a damp place to live. They live in the thick laver of leaves under my tree. If you have evergreen shrubs, they'll live there too. When cool at nite, they'll come out and feed. Even in summertime !!! Dogs and cats dont bother them. When threatened, they secreat a stinky substance that is nasty to animals. Thumbs up
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tarev
Mar 31, 2017 7:04 PM CST
We used to have chorus croaking here about 4 to 5 years ago during Spring time, then when the drought worsened it did not comeback.

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