American Toad

(Anaxyrus americanus)

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Hissstory: Rescued one rainy night in 2014

RA Diet: Meal worms, crickets, and earthworms.

Natural Diet: Insects and small animals including baby snakes and other frogs.

Range: The northeastern and mid-Atlantic United States north into Canada. American toads are native to the Washington DC area.

Habitat: Toads can be found nearly anywhere there is shallow water in which to breed including suburban and urban parks, yards, and gardens.

Size: On average. American toads grow 2-3.5 inches, however, the largest on record was 4 and 3/8 inches.Lifespan: Can live up to ten years.

Reproduction: Toads breed March-July. Females choose the males with the best song. She then lays the eggs in long spiraling strands in vernal pools and roadside ditches.

Conservation: If you have a toad living in yard, consider yourself lucky! Toads provide pest control by eating a huge amount of insects daily. One American toad can eat up to 1,000 insects every day!! Protect toads you find and provide shelter for toads in your yard to encourage them to stay.

Cool Facts: You can’t get warts from touching a toad – but you can get poisoned! The warts on a toad’s body are actually poison glands. When a toad feels threatened, thick sticky white poison will ooze out of the warts. The poison isn’t strong enough to seriously hurt a human – but if you eat a toad, you will probably get a bad stomachache. So, don’t eat toads!

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