Catching and Keeping Toads

When most people think of toads, they think of ugly, slimy, wart-covered animals that make them want to say “yuck,” but they can actually be very interesting pets, and they have pretty dry skin most of the time. They are low maintenance, easy to care for, and can be very entertaining. You may even come to see that they can be pretty cute, once you get to know them.


Now when most people think of toads, they think of ugly, slimy, wart-covered animals that make them want to say “yuck,” but they can actually be very interesting pets, and they have pretty dry skin most of the time. They are low maintenance, easy to care for, and can be very entertaining. You may even come to see that they can be pretty cute, once you get to know them.


Now many people prefer to buy an exotic toad form a pet store, but this isn’t’ really necessary as toads live in most warm climates; you just have to be willing to go out and find one. This is easier than it sounds once you know what you’re looking for, and where NOT to look. Toads, unlike frogs, do not live in water. They are terrestrial animals and prefer to stay further inland, but they can still be found relatively close to a large water source since they are still amphibians and need to lay their eggs in water.

You can probably find them in any large park, or even in your own backyard if you live near a lake or river. Once you find a good place to search, look around for stumps, large rocks, fallen trees and other shady places. Toads like to hide in the shadows and half-burry themselves in cool dirt and mud, so you will have to look hard to see them. Once you spot your new pet, catching him won’t be too hard as toads have limited jumping ability. Simply place your hand over him, and scoop him up. Note he may pee on you as a defensive measure, but this will NOT give you warts. That is a foolish superstition. All you need to do is wash your hands later on.

Tank setup

You need very little in order to keep your toad happy. All he really needs is dirt to dig into, something to hide under like a piece of bark, or a wooden half-tunnel that you can get at most pet stores, water, and food. Your toad will need a layer of soil in his tank about as deep as he is big so he can burry himself if he wants, I recommend collecting dirt out of your back yard as some store bought soil has pesticides in it that may harm your pet. You should also place some kind of shelter in the tank. It doesn’t need to be too much larger than the toad, just enough to hide himself. Toads like to lie in wait for food much of the time. (mine likes to hide under a warped piece of tree-bark.)

Your toad will also need water, but DON’T give him a pool. Toads don’t like water as much as frogs do. All your toad needs is a water dish just large enough for him to sit in. Amphibians absorb water through their skin, so you probably won’t see him actually drinking. You can also spray or mist the tank on occasion to keep the soil moist, but whatever you do, don’t use tap water; THIS WILL KILL HIM! Most tap water has chlorine in it, and amphibians absorb this through their skin. That’s why everyone looks at amphibians for signs of pollution; they are more sensitive to such things.

Now there are several ways around this problem. You can collect water for a nearby pond or other natural water source, or you can collect rain. If there is no nearby water source, and rain is too unreliable, you can use a dehumidifier and collect the water from that. I use this method since it ensures that I always have a ready supply. Finally, if you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can just boil some tap water to get rid of the chlorine, but I try to avoid this as it might not always be effective. Also, although toads cannot jump as well as frogs, they can still manage to get out of a ten gallon tank if they really want to, so you should keep some sort of lid on it when you are not feeding or watching him.


It’s a simple fact that toads are gluttons, and they will eat just about anything small enough for them to swallow. You can just buy crickets at a pet store, but this can cause problems later in your pets life, and who wants to eat the same thing everyday anyway? All you have to do is take a jar, go outside, and collect any bugs you find under rocks and logs. When it is time to feed your toad, pull up a seat and see where he is at. Toads usually like to pick out a favorite hiding spot when they are not sitting in the water. Once you see him, drop the bugs in one at a time in front of him. He will quickly snap them up with his tongue. If you dropped all the bugs in at once, he would only get one or two before the rest managed to scatter for cover. You don’t have to worry about overfeeding your toad as they are natural gluttons.

I’ve never heard of a toad eating itself to death, but they can get very fat (which means they are healthy) if your toad looks skinny, he is probably about to die. Drop bugs in front of your toad even after he stops eating them. At night, the creepy crawlies will come out and your toad will snatch them up at his convenience; most toads are nocturnal hunters anyway. If you have two toads and one is much larger than the other, keep them separate since toads are not above cannibalism. (a very large toad can even eat mice and small lizards!)

Other considerations

Mating toads is very tricky since they lay their eggs in water and the young tadpoles have complicated dietary needs. I don’t recommend even trying this. Don’t take your toad outside, as it can burry itself and you can easily lose your pet, and if you look in the tank and don’t see your toad, don’t panic; he may have just buried himself, so check the soil before you look around your room. During the winter, toads hibernate, but if you keep your room warm, your toad shouldn’t need to, though this may shorten his lifespan. The two large bumps on a toads head right behind his eyes are actually poison sacks. They cannot harm you unless you apply significant pressure to them, and even then it won’t harm you through skin contact as long as you wash the exposed area.

This is a defense mechanism against being eaten. Your toad can be picked up and gently handled, though if you scare it, it may pee on you and chirp in panic. If you wish to handle your pet, I recommend little more than light petting and holding in a cupped hand. When touched, you toad will probably close its eyes and shift its body in your direction, this is to make itself harder for predators to swallow. And on a final note, your toad, like all amphibians, needs to shed its skin as it grows. You’ll know it is doing this when it looks wet and slimy, as toads are usually pretty dry. It will rub itself with its legs, and it will actually EAT its old skin. Waste not.

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User Comments
  1. toad boy

    On April 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    dear toqot i am a 12 year old boy and have had my toad for 6 months but yesterday i noticed he couldn’t or wouldn’t use his front legs he can move them just a little bit the worst part is he can’t feed him self i had to open his mouth and hand feed him so he would not starve please give me some advise on how to help him im really consernd thank u

    toad boy

  2. Toad Luver

    On May 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    dear togot i am 11 yrs. old and my sis and friend caught 3 toads and we are wondering how to take care of him?

    Toad Luver

  3. Mom

    On May 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    My little boy is so excited about having a pet toad, and this information has been very useful to us. Thank you so much!

  4. julie

    On May 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I feel that catching toads and keeping them as pets is very cruel especially as they are known to be extremely scared of humans. You should let them stay and live in their natural habitat instead of trapping them and confining them to a plastic tank!

  5. Togot

    On May 11, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Julie, the same could be said of keeping any pet, but my toad has no fear of me. he eats out of my hand, lets me pet him and even comes out of his hiding place to perch on a rock and watch me when i am in my room. he doesn’t spend all of his time in his house; i let him out to roam around often and have an entire area in my back yard for him to go out and get fresh air. i like to think that he is safer and in better health than he probably would be in the wild, and i’m toying with the idea of getting him a mate.

  6. Erykah

    On May 11, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Hey i caught a toad 3 days ago and I was worried about him and I really want this question answered,How can you tell if your toad is a boy or a girl check back with me.

  7. Togot

    On May 11, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Erykah, that is not an easy question to answer without knowing the exact species, but I will give you some guidelines that seem true for most of them: males are usually smaller than females, have strong front arms for grasping the female while mating, make noise (especially during mating season), their throat is darker than the rest of their belly, and they have little pads on their front feet used to grip the female. keep in mind that there are exceptions from species to species, but this should give you a good idea as to the sex of your new pet.

  8. Cgdf

    On May 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    This sucks i didnt even use it!

    Not!!! It helped me alot… Another thing………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..IIL KILL YOU!!! noT A JOKE

  9. Luke

    On June 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    One more question;can girls croak?

  10. Togot

    On June 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Luke, females don’t really croak, but they do kinda chirp if they are scarred like when you pick them up and they aren’t used to you.

  11. Luke

    On June 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Could you send me pictures of male toad’s throats?

  12. Luke

    On June 5, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Should I feed my toads separetly and how often should I feed them?

  13. Togot

    On June 6, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Luke, Afraid I don’t have any pictures, but a male’s throat will usually be a different color than the rest of his underbelly where a female’s is the same. As for feeding, if you can keep two toads together, you should be able to feed them together. I have never seen toads fight over food before. They just snap up whatever crawls in front of them. Just make sure they are both eating. If one of them seems to be getting all the food, take him out so that the other can get his fill. Also note that large toads may eat smaller ones if they can.

  14. heather

    On June 16, 2008 at 7:49 am

    how wud youu care for them if youu hav had toads from tadpoles

  15. Togot

    On June 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Heather, i actually have another article on raising tadpoles. it applies for both toads and frogs. the only real difference is that toad tadpoles are much darker in color, smaller, and they develop much more quickly. in about six weeks.

  16. addy

    On July 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    i ahve two toads and on of them does not look the same as the other i think they r both a differnt kind. is it ok to ahve them in the same cage if the r not the same species???

  17. addy

    On July 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    if u put a fly in the cage would it take along time till the toad eats it???

  18. Togot

    On July 3, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Addy, as long as one isn’t big enough to eat the other, it should be fine. as for how long it will take for them to eat a fly, i have no idea. i feed my toads crickets and beetles with the occasional earth worm. they tend to snap up anything that crosses their path rather quickly

  19. addy

    On July 3, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    i live in fort wayen IN. and one of my toads have dots of orange on its feet. what do u think it is??

  20. Togot

    On July 4, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Addy, i’m afraid i’m not able to identify every species of toad. i did some looking and from what i can tell there are three main species of toads in your area: the Dwarf American toad, the Eastern American toad, and the Fowler’s toad. your pet is probably one of these three, but i don’t know which has spots on its feet, sorry

  21. jordan

    On July 9, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    my 4 toads r not eating the crickets ants and roliepolys i put in their cage

  22. Togot

    On July 11, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Jordan, this is very strange, toads are gluttons and love to eat. i can only guess that they are shy in your presence, or that they are fearful of each other which doesn’t seem likely. try putting the food in and then leaving the room. if this doesn’t work, they might be sick, though it’s strange for all four of them to be sick at the same time

  23. brandon

    On July 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    how old do toads usually live???

  24. Togot

    On July 12, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Brandon, it depends on the species, but usually in the ballpark of ten years

  25. Sal

    On July 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    For every “rescued” toad from the wild that winds up in a good home countless wind up in tiny enclosures ill kept and a cruel death.

  26. Togot

    On July 15, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Sal, that’s why i am writing these care sheets so people can provide better homes for their pets.

  27. hunter_jumper101

    On July 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Is it okay to keep my 10 gallen tank with my toad outside? It would just be on the deck. The top would have clamps on it so that nothing could get in and it would be under a roof-ish type thing so not too much rain could get in if it rained…

  28. Togot

    On July 18, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Hunter_jumper101, as long as you keep him in the shade and provide moist dirt for him/her to dig into, it should be fine. a little trick i use when i have to go away for awhile is to use a lid with small holes in the top and put a piece of fruit inside to attract insects for him to eat. leave a small corner exposed to the sky so if it does rain a little bit of water will get in the tank and keep things moist.

  29. hunter_jumper101

    On July 19, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Okay :) Thanks so much

  30. addy

    On July 20, 2008 at 10:50 am

    for some reason my toads died

  31. Togot

    On July 20, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Addy, i’m sorry to hear that, any ideas why?

  32. jamie

    On July 24, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    How often should I feed my toads? I have two small toads living in a 20 gallin tank I have been feeding them four crickets a day, but I feel that maybe thats too much? I already have fat cats, I dont need fat toads as well haha :)

    Also, how do I know if my toads are girls or boys?

  33. austin

    On July 24, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I would like to thank you for your information. This is my first toad and I hope it all works out.

  34. austin

    On July 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Actually I do have a question? What do you feed one that is only the size of a dime? I just caught him yesterday. The bugs seem to be bigger then him.

    Once again your information was helpful. I am going out now to get him or her some soil and rain water.


  35. Togot

    On July 25, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Jamie, You can’t overfeed a toad, they are natural gluttons and a fat toad is a healthy toad. Mine looks like jaba the hut with legs. A skinny toad is probably not going to live very long. I feed mine several beetles every day and I dump in about a dozen crickets once a week. He eats what he wants until their gone. As for sexing them, females are larger than males, and males make a squeaking noise if you gently grip them behind their hind legs. This is to let other males that try to mate with them that they are guys.

    Austin, try ants or flightless fruit flies which you can buy at a pet store. Sounds like you have a baby, you’ll be amazed at how fast it grows. To catch enough ants for food, find an anthill outside and place a container with a piece of sugary candy inside and come back in about an hour. There should be a bunch on ants in the container eating it. Just put a lid on and bring it inside to give to your toad. Hope this helps.

  36. randomperson

    On July 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Hey my dad just found a toad and i am able to keep it. I was wondering if i put the right stuff in his/her tank.
    he/her has:
    dirt about 1 and a half inches deep
    a clump of grass pulled up by the roots
    a small container of water 1 inch deep, 4 and a half inches wide
    and some rocks

  37. randomperson

    On July 26, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    i was wondering if it is possible to keep a frog and a toad in the same tank??

  38. randomperson

    On July 26, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    ok last question is it usual for a toad to burry itself in the same spot. he/she has a favorite spot to burry itself. and i cant tell if its a boy or girl its belly has a blck and tanish color and its throat is a green kinda grey.

  39. Togot

    On July 26, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    randomperson, you don’t need the grass, but it sounds like your tank setup should work. you can keep them together, but it is tricky to make it so they are both happy. frogs prefer more water and toads prefer less. toads love to bury themselves in places where they have some kind of cover, my likes to do it under a piece of back in his tank. it sounds like you might have a male because of the discoloration of the throat.

  40. randomperson

    On July 27, 2008 at 10:28 am

    ok thanks

  41. addy

    On July 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    i had my friend wacth my toads and she said she keeped them outside

  42. lidia

    On July 28, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    i thought that if a toad sprays you then you get warts from it./?

    get back to me-

  43. austin

    On July 28, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    We have lots of ants in the neighbor hood. About how many should mine be eating a day? I have been giving him about 10 in the morning and 10 or so at night. He is just a tiny thing and I want to make sure that he is getting enough.

  44. austin

    On July 28, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    One other thing will my baby toad eat dead ants? It seems that he only catches the ants when they are moving.

  45. Togot

    On July 29, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Lidia, this is a myth. toads do not give you warts, but you should wash your hands after you handle them, regardless of whether or not they spray you because the can carry germs.

    Austin, toads and frogs usually only eat live, moving insects. as for how much you should feed him, as much as he will eat. sounds like you are giving him enough since it’s a baby. as your pet grows larger, and it will quickly, you’ll need to get larger food: crickets, beetles, grasshoppers and such. good luck, and feel free to ask any other questions you might have, I’ll help if I can

  46. Makayla

    On July 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    i cant get any cricets from a pet store because we have to travel 3 hours to get to one how can i catch some?

  47. branro

    On July 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    we just caught 2 toads and they are in a bucket….we want to know if they are boys and girls but we don’t know. we also need help with what we should give them to eat that we can find in our backyard. also, what should we have in the bucket for their habitat?????

  48. Togot

    On July 31, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Makayla, look around your yard, under rocks and logs and such. you can find beetles and millipedes and all kinds of tasty bugs for your pet.

    Branro, same for you regarding food, as for habitat, moist dirt, but not sloppy mud, and a place to hide in. you can even use a small flower pot with a section cut out of the rim flipped upside down. and a water dish for him to bath and soak up water in.

  49. randomperson

    On August 1, 2008 at 9:57 am

    My toad got away. He got away when i was cleaning his tank because it started to stink but he was outside so i guess its alright. Now i have some tad poles. i cant really tell if they are going to be frogs or toads but if they are frogs im going to let them all go and if they are toads i will keep 1 or 2. The tad poles have their back leggs already. I cant wait untill they grow up.

  50. memo

    On August 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I caught a toad yesterday and it wont eat please tell me why

  51. memo

    On August 2, 2008 at 10:31 am

    my toad has a grey under body and tanish throat is it a girl or boy

  52. Togot

    On August 2, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    randomperson, this late in the summer they are probably frogs. toads develop very quickly in early spring.

    memo, there are three reasons for this. either he is eating, but not when you’re watching, the food is too large, or he is sick. most often it is the first reason. put one insect in with him and leave him alone for awhile, then come back and see if the bug is still there. make sure the bug is smaller than his head. if he still doesn’t eat, he is probably sick.

  53. randomperson

    On August 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    yeah i think your right because there is mostly frogs in the pond that i got them from

  54. Togot

    On August 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    All you people are so stupid you dont know anythink about toads. You all are so stupid stupid stupid.

  55. randomperson

    On August 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Tagot i thought you were nice and i had a question but now im not going to ask because u are calling us all stupid for asking u questions.

  56. (the real) Togot

    On August 5, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Randomperson, i assure you i was not the one who posted that comment. one of the flaws of triond is that you can type in any name you want for your own and it seems that some joker typed in my name for that. i am not nearly so vulgar and i hope that anyone who reads my other comments will be able to tell that that was someone impersonating me, though i do find it rather annoying that anyone would be so childish

  57. randomperson

    On August 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    oh, its okay i belive you. :)

  58. molli

    On August 10, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    hello,i was just wondering what kind of tank you should put your toad in….also that how do u tell if a toad is a female or male.
    I just wanted to let your know that i have one large toad and one small toad, and too babys.They are all American toads and they have been living in a widow cell,for years now…i was wondering if i could remove the so called “family” and i was wondering if i could all move them into a tank together.well,thank you for the info above and please get back too me soon,molli-a fello toad lover

  59. Togot

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    ewww toads are gross

  60. randomperson

    On August 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    ok i know that you are not the real togot so stop pretending to be togot is really childish

  61. Togot

    On August 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Molli, normally i would say a ten gallon aquarium, but given the number of animals you are suggesting, i would recommend the larger 30 gallon tank if you are planning to keep them all together. since they seem to be used to each other already, i don’t see any problem keeping them together as long as you keep them all well fed. keep in mind that a large toad will cannibalize a small one if it’s hungry.

  62. molli

    On August 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    thanks,and he other day my widow well flooded,but luckly i saved them.Now they are living in an other widow well on the side of my house.I put moist mud and dirt in it for them and also a container of water so they can soak in.My dad is going too fix the window well they have preveously been living in so no worry’s.So i guess there my otdoor pets, and thanks again for the info.-molli ^-^

  63. crystal

    On August 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

    How can I tell if my toad is male or female?

  64. Togot

    On August 12, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Crystal, males are smaller than females and have a throat which is a slightly different color than the rest of their underbellies. they also chip if you grip them around their waist

  65. Laura

    On August 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    You have great ideas for catching the insects, thank you for the suggestions. I have one question though. How do you keep things that crawl up walls, like ants and slugs in the toads cage? Though I have a lid on my sons cage it has slits for the air that the ants etc. can get out of. I have a great little ant hill outside but I am afraid they will get out and crawl around my house.

  66. Togot

    On August 13, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Laura, I’m glad you asked that question because it was an oversight on my part which I will now correct. there are several ways to keep insects such as ants inside an aquarium. i had to learn this since i keep ant colonies and don’t want them wandering around my house. one method is good old fashioned motor oil. take a face rag, put a small amount of oil on it. then apply this oil around the OUTSIDE rim of your tank. make sure it is on the outside of the tank, this is very important as it will run down into the soil and can kill your pet if it is on the inside. make sure you have an unbroken ring all the way around. Ants and most other insects are very sensitive to chemicals and they hate oil. i have never seen any of my ants cross this invisible fence, even when they are agitated. You should apply a new coat of oil about once a week if you use this method.

    another method, which i prefer since i think feeding time is a good way to interact with and observe your pet, is to watch over the tank when you place these feeder insects in and whenever one tries to crawl up the wall, knock it back down using a small brush or other such tool to avoid being bitten. continue doing this until your pet has eaten all of the insects, or if he doesn’t eat them all, let them crawl up tot he rim and knock them into a jar to fed to him/her later on.

  67. Chloe

    On August 13, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    My friend has a toad but the only thing he does is sit in his water all day and he doesn’t eat much……..but hes really fat…….hes a gulf coast toad and we found him in a restaurant parking lot

  68. Togot

    On August 13, 2008 at 3:48 pm


  69. Togot

    On August 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Chloe, this is typical toad behavior. your toad is probably eating more than you realize when you aren’t looking, and being fat means he is healthy. the more used to you he becomes, the less cautious he will become in moving around to catch his food. my Gamabunta even hops an impressive distance considering how fat she is to catch the crickets i give her.

  70. logan the animal luver

    On August 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    thanks a lot for the info, your sight is great and has helped me with my toad trevor and my sisters toad hopper. one question though if my toad curls up and tucks his head down does it mean he’s scared? both are toads are american toads (Bufo Americanus)


  71. Togot

    On August 15, 2008 at 2:58 am

    logan the animal luver, thank you, and yes, when toads are scared they try to make themselves small and pull in their legs so they can’t be bitten. When fully grown, if they are confronted by an animal of relative size they will puff themselves up and rear up on the legs to make themselves look bigger. they can even make a weak hissing noise by forcing air out their noses. mine did this when I tried to feed her a beetle that was a bit too large, she didn’t like it crawling near her.

  72. Togot

    On August 16, 2008 at 8:54 am

    u all suck

  73. Togot

    On August 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

    man this is quit childish that this person keeps posting such rude remarks :(

  74. logan the animal luver

    On August 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

    don’t worry togot i believe that u would never mistreat us like that impostor.

  75. logan the animal luver

    On August 16, 2008 at 8:59 am

    i check this sight several times a day for your reply to my question

  76. logan the animal luver

    On August 16, 2008 at 9:02 am

    thank u so much i will continue to ask u questions if i need to.

    i think u would make a great friend Togot :)

  77. logan the animal luver

    On August 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

    your really smart

    you along with many other people have inspired me to grow up and become a herpetologist

  78. randomperson

    On August 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    togot just ignore that fake togot, and i have a question i found this baby toad and it looked skinny is it ok to feed it ants the ants are the size of his head.

    Thank you

  79. Togot

    On August 16, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    randomperson, don’t worry, i am. as for your new pet, a skinny toad is an unhealthy toad. you should try to feed it anything smaller than itself. in the wild, young toads live under rocks and logs near ant colonies where they can eat to their hearts content without moving. if the common black ants are too large, try the small red ants which make those distinctive mounds in the driveway and sidewalks. toads will also eat worms, and i find the red wrigglers i get from the pet store help fill up the young toads.

    logan the animal luver, thank you.

  80. randomperson

    On August 17, 2008 at 7:50 am

    thanks togot for the help my toad has gotten a little fatter and is moveing around more.

  81. fred

    On August 17, 2008 at 7:52 am

    When most people think of toads, they think of ugly, slimy, wart-covered animals that make them want to say “yuck,” but they can actually be very interesting pets, and they have pretty dry skin most of the time. They are low maintenance, easy to care for, and can be very entertaining. You may even come to see that they can be pretty cute, once you get to know them.

    copy and paste baby

  82. logan the animal luver

    On August 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    togot i was wondering since school just started for me today i dont have as much time to feed my toads is there a schedule or something i could use to feed them easily? and how often should i be feeding my toads?

    one is about the size of a quarter and the other one is the size of a baseball, both are american toads

    thanks for helping :)

  83. logan the animal luver

    On August 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    in one of my earlier comments i referred to my toad as trevor and not to long ago i realized that it was a girl! her new name is pumpkin.


  84. Togot

    On August 19, 2008 at 2:58 am

    logan the animal luver, you don’t have to feed your toad daily if you have access to a pet store. I buy about 20 crickets once a week and let their chirping put me to sleep at night until my toad eats them all. if you can’t do this and are pressed for time, I recommend some bug traps. your quarter sized toad can feed off ants which are easy to catch. you just put a slice of apples near an ant hill, wait about an hour, then come out. there should be several ants on it. you just pick the whole thing up quickly and throw it in a jar. your larger pet will need beetles, here’s how you catch them. take a plastic cup or glass jar and dig a hole in your back yard deep enough to burry the container up to its opening (make sure the dirt is right up to your containers lip with no gap). then put four rocks around it and a flat board on these rocks to cover it. beetles will seek the shade of the board and fall into the cup. most of them won’t be able to get out, so all you do is go out and lift out the cup. You can increase your catch by putting some fruit in the cup to attract more insects. If this doesn’t help, I am going to post an article on raising crickets as food for pets, so keep your eyes open for it

  85. randomperson

    On August 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    togot just when i thought my baby toad the size of a nickle was doing better everything went down hill. One of its legs seem to be broke and she wont eat. Do u have any ideas of why this is happening? Please help as soon as u can, im really worried about my baby toad, and is it usual to find a baby toad this time of year? Where i live its almost fall and its really cold.

  86. Togot

    On August 20, 2008 at 2:36 am

    randomperson, if your toad was doing fine and now has an injured leg, the only explanation i can think of is that something hurt it. i’m afraid their isn’t much you can do to mend a baby toad’s broken leg, just give it plenty of ants and leave it to itself and hope for the best. it will either get better or it won’t. as for finding one this time of year. it does seem a little late to be finding such a young toad. they mate in early spring, before the frogs do, and their tadpoles turn into toads in about six weeks, much faster than frogs. i caught me last year in April and it tripled in size by august.

  87. logan the animal luver

    On August 20, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    thanks a lot i’ll give the beetle trap a shot and the ant trap

  88. randomperson

    On August 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    togot my baby toad just died this afternoon. The baby toad was fine in the morning when i fed him i think that the ants got really agressive and i think that is how he died. :(

  89. (the real) Togot

    On August 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    randomperson, i’m sorry to hear about your toad, and i’m sorry about the utterly insensitive remark from the immature individual pretending to be me. i have never known ants to attack toads before unless their colony was threatened, but i suppose it’s possible.

  90. randomperson

    On August 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    its ok togot i knew that the first one wasnt you. i bet your really annoyed when that person does that.

  91. slaclynch

    On August 26, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    i just caught a bufo american (common toad) last night im assuming female as it doesnt chirp and has a solid white(light) under belly. i put shredded coconut husk in a 10 gallon tank as a linner have a hollow log (which she doesnt seem to use ) and a small water dish, i placed a small plastic dish in as well to throw power worms on as they seem to bury themselves to quick. ive had no prob getting it to eat as ive had her less than 24 hours and shes eatin 4 crickets (medium size) 2 grass hoppers (large) and a couple power worms. do you have any other advice to make my critter as happy as possible?

  92. slaclynch

    On August 26, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    one more question is there a way to guess if your toad is a young toad (other than size)? i had heard that the american toad looses its spots when it gets older is this true or a load of garb? the current size of mine is 2 1/2″

  93. Togot

    On August 27, 2008 at 2:56 am

    slaclynch, it sounds like you have a good setup. just try to mix up the diet every now and then with beetles or crickets and the occasional earth worm and your pet should do fine. as for age, i’m afraid i don’t know how to estimate a toads age other than size. i’ve had mine for well over a year and she still has her spots even though she is bigger than my fist.

  94. slaclynch

    On August 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

    thank for the info bro, ill keep ya posted on how its doin

  95. swell1230

    On August 29, 2008 at 8:07 am


    We just got 3 toads and am wondering if they need the reptile light sold at pet stores . The worker at the pet store said they do, but I don’t see anything online about them needing that. Help me please !


  96. Togot

    On August 29, 2008 at 11:11 am

    swell1230, i’m afraid that fellow is just trying to make a sale. toads don’t need any special lighting. in fact they spend most of their time half buried and under logs or rocks. using a heat lamp on an amphibian can in fact dry them out and kill them.

  97. slaclynch

    On August 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    i was just wondering how often i should feed my toad a batch of calcium loaded crickets?

  98. Togot

    On August 29, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    slaclynch, once a week should be fine, but don’t over do it or you can cause an imbalance

  99. poppyhop

    On August 30, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Hi! I am new to this blog. I am writing because
    my toad, Peeper Cheeper will not eat. It is an American toad, I think, and I rescued it from the cat. i think it is female,because
    there is no discoloration on the neck. PLEASE HELP!


  100. Togot

    On August 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    poppyhop, there are three main reasons for this: the toad is actually eating, but not when you are watching, the food is unacceptable to the toad for some reason, or the toad is ill. feed it crickets and beetles smaller than its head. only put in one, leave the room, and come back in about an hour to see if the food has been eaten or not. if not, your pet might be ill.

  101. killerkurby

    On August 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    My son and I each caught a toad, one at home and one at work, I believe one is male and one is female. The female is an avid hunter but the male waits for them to come to him. He is only getting a few of the crickets this way. Will he survive only eating two to four crickets a day? These are Sonoran desert toads from the info I have looked up. (I live in Phoenix and there are only a few varieties.) The male squeaks and the female blows air through her nostrils when feeling threatened. The male has a dark throat and so on. By the way, the creep that is impersonating Togot should grow up. We are all seeking good advice here, not some stupid comments from son fool who doesn’t know anything. If you want to make rude comments, go to another site!!!

  102. killerkurby

    On August 30, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    By the way, Togot, I am really thankful for your useful advice. I am going to try the two traps you wrote about to catch food for my toads. I wasn’t sure if I should only feed them crickets and grasshoppers or not, and do they eat snails? The ones with the long spiral shell. They are all over where I work, and that’s where I found one of my toads, the male. Thank you.

  103. togot

    On August 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    killerkurby,thanks, and your male toad should be ok. by digging in he expends less energy looking for food, but if he gets hungry enough he will become more active to eat. if you are really worried you can drop an earth worm right in front of him. as for snails, they might have trouble passing the shells through their digestive systems, so i wouldn’t recommend it. slugs might work better.

  104. poppyhop

    On August 31, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Thanks! and also,will Peeper eat earthworms,caterpillars, and flies?

  105. Poppyhop

    On August 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Togot,I have a suggestion for your blog. I am not trying to offend you, it is just a suggestion. you could moderate your blog, so that the imposter could not write as you. also, I want to ask you something. I have not seen Peeper in awhile. he burrows. i know this is normal, but I am beginning to worry. I have not seen him (or her) in days! is this normal? I s my toad laying in there DEAD?

  106. Togot

    On August 31, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Poppyhop, Yes, your pet should be able to eat all of them, though catching flies to feed it might be tricky. And yes, toads like to burry themselves, sometimes completely for long periods of time. If they get hungry enough they will emerge to look for food. If you are worried, just dig him/her up to check. My toad gave me a few scares until I got used to this behavior. My one recommendation is to make sure the soil is damp so your pet can draw water from it through the skin. As for my blog, I’m afraid I am not aware of any such option on this site which will allow me to do that. Believe me I wish there was, and thanks for the thought.

  107. Poppyhop

    On September 1, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Hey Togot! for the advice! My toad started Peeping at me to pick it up at midnight last night! Also, here is a fun fact. A type of African toad gives birth LIVE to it’s young. neat huh?

  108. logan the animal luver

    On September 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

    hey togot do u now anything about dragonfly nymphs because the ones i have in my room wont eat. im really worried. PLEASE HELP ME!

  109. logan the animal luver

    On September 1, 2008 at 10:21 am

    me and my sisters toads are doing great! my sisters is the one i said was about the size of a quarter has nearly tripled in size!

  110. Togot

    On September 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Logan the animal luver, yes toads can grow amazingly fast and I’m glad to hear they are doing well. as for dragonfly nymphs, I’m afraid I’ve never tried to raise one before. I do know that they have an extendable lower jaw and eat small fish and aquatic insects. they are supposed to be veracious predators which help keep mosquito populations in check by eating their larvae. They even eat each other so be careful if you have more than one. they are also sensitive to water pollution and it might help to put an aquatic plant in their tank.

  111. Poppyhop

    On September 1, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Hey! I have a toad tip. If you want your toad to have an easy moth catch, gently tear the wing. my toad LOVES when I do that for her.

  112. fiji

    On September 2, 2008 at 8:28 am

    this is alot of help

  113. logan the animal luver

    On September 4, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    thanks for the info but sadly all 5 of my nymphs died but im not sad cuz i have my toad to comfort me,i’ve found that toads are great stress relievers. oh my toads new name is pickles :)

  114. Laura

    On September 8, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    While away for the weekend my kids found tons of black crickets and caught them to feed to our little toad. I am concerned since the ones we usually buy at the pet shop are beige and do not chirp where the ones we found are black and do chirp. I am assuming there are different varieties of crickets and this is why they are so diferent but I wanted to ask your opinioun since the people at the pet store just seem to guess when asked questions and I don’t want to hurt our little toad.

  115. Togot

    On September 9, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Laura, the black crickets you caught are field crickets and are safe to give to your toad, but don’t put them all in at once. crickets are omnivores and if your toad can’t eat them all, and they can’t find anything to eat, they might start chewing on your pet. keep them in a separate container and feed them table scraps to keep them alive, and only give your toad a few a day. i am currently writing an article on raising crickets for food for pets, so keep your eyes open for it

  116. momOfToadLover

    On September 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I helped my son catch 2 American toads. They have a wonderful home and are VERY healthy. I have 2 questions. First, we can’t get the smaller one, about 2.5 inches to eat any worms. He eats a ton, but just won’t touch a worm, normal? Second, I have hibernation questions. I have read a lot about toads hibernating, the only thing I could find about pet toads hibernating is that it can shorten the life of the toad if they don’t, but they probably won’t since it is warm in the house. When do they usually begin hibernation (we are in PA)? And is there anyway to “urge” them to hibernate? Thanks for all the great info, and thanks in advance for your help.

  117. Togot

    On September 11, 2008 at 2:59 am

    momOfToadLover, I wouldn’t worry about the little guy not eating worms. toads can have some trouble eating them because their tongues don’t seem to stick to them well. as long as he is eating other food, he should be fine. as for hibernation, understand that it doesn’t shorten the animal’s life by causing it harm. toads that hibernate live more years because hibernation is like stasis, they hardly age while they are in this state. during this time your pet will burry itself, and you won’t see it again until it wakes up several months later. during this time, if they haven’t eaten enough, buried themselves deep enough, or aren’t protected enough, they can die. for this reason i never hibernate my pets. but if you wish to try, someone i know hibernates his pets by leaving them out in a shed during the winter months. if, however, it doesn’t get that cold enough where you live, I’m afraid i don’t know how to artificially make your pet hibernate.

  118. momOfToadLover

    On September 11, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for the help, and I think we’ll just let out toads get fat this winter. I was worried that they might be unhappy if they did not hibernate. I’d actually prefer not to try something I’m not sure how to do. Our toads are doing wonderfully and I don’t think I’ll try something new to mess them up. We love them and will love to have them to watch over the winter. Thanks again, there was really no information on whether that was something I had to do or not.

  119. slaclynch

    On September 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

    i had posted earlier that i have an american toad but have noticed some changes over the past 3 weeks,it now has a solid white stripe down it back and the spots contain 3-5 warts each where the common american toad only has up to two. I was thinking it was a fowlers toad because of this but their only supposed to get upto 3.5 inchs and mines pressing 5″ already.
    Is their a chance of it being a cane toad? I dont thkn we have them in Indiana but i could be wrong

  120. slaclynch

    On September 11, 2008 at 8:55 am

    also my daughter caught a smaller toad (looked like a common toad) i figured it was large enough to place them together but watch to make sure and i noticed my toad would start twitching its back toe (the longest one) which ive never seen it do before so rather than risking this new action being something bad i removed her toad and ler it go in the back yard where she found it.after googling i found that this act of luring with the toe leads to the larger toad eating the other, but ive only seen where its canes that do this, is this true or normal behavior for any toad?

  121. Togot

    On September 12, 2008 at 2:58 am

    slaclynch, i have no personal experience with cane toads, but i do know that if you do in fact have one you should be very careful when handling it. cane toads have a very dangerous poison in their glands that can blind and even kill a human being. i’m afraid i can’t tell you for certain if that is what you have based just on a description. as for the wiggling foot, this is a method cane toads use to lure their own young and other prey close enough to eat. as far as i know cane toads are the only toads that do this.

  122. slaclynch

    On September 12, 2008 at 7:32 am

    founs out some info on wikipedia that ruled out the cane assumption i had “In the United States, the Cane Toad closely resembles many Bufonid species. In particular, it could be confused with the Southern toad (Bufo terrestris) and Fowler’s toad (Bufo fowleri). The Southern Toad can be distinguished by the presence of two bulbs in front of the parotoid glands, and the Fowler’s Toad has a pale, cream-white stripe that runs down the dorsal surface; the Cane Toad lacks this stripe.” so im guessing i was right thinking fowlers rather than cane. thanks for the info! im gonna keep checking around for info on what all toads lure with their toes .ill post a link to a photo of my toad so you can give me your opinion

  123. slaclynch

    On September 12, 2008 at 7:44 am

    you can see a pic of it here

    let me know what you think

  124. slaclynch

    On September 12, 2008 at 8:52 am

  125. slaclynch

    On September 12, 2008 at 8:57 am

  126. Poppyhop

    On September 13, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Is it true that there is a national shortage of mealworms? The guy at the pet store said that they had the flu. I wanted to raise some for my toad to eat this winter.

  127. Togot

    On September 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Poppyhop, i’m afraid i don’t know. i didn’t even realize mealworms could get the flu, but i have never fed them to my pets before.

  128. Luke

    On September 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Are toads hard to breed?

  129. Togot

    On September 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Luke, not especially. you need the same requirements as with a frog, namely a pool of clean water for them to lay their eggs in. toad tadpoles are smaller and darker than frogs, and they develop much faster.

  130. Poppyhop

    On September 16, 2008 at 7:00 am

    do you have any idea about how to feed your toad over the winter?

  131. Togot

    On September 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Poppyhop, if you are going to make your pet hibernate, it won’t need to eat. if not, just get its food at a pet store. you can also try to breed your own crickets. your pet might become a bit lethargic and lose some of its appetite during the winter, so don’t be alarmed if his happens.

  132. Poppyhop

    On September 17, 2008 at 7:32 am

    my mom won’t let me get my toad food at a pet store every week. Do you know anything about calci worms? all the people say that they don’t need to eat. is this possible?

  133. Poppyhop

    On September 17, 2008 at 7:46 am

    THIS BLOG IS AWESOME! my toad was skinny when I got it. I was SO worried that it would die! Now it is FAT. My toad loves me and I love him (or her) Mom let me keep the toad because of the great information this blog gave. By the way, I am a 10 year old girl who has watched one dog die and had to get rid of two others. My toad is the only pet I am allowed to keep.

  134. Togot

    On September 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Poppyhop, sorry about your dogs, i’ll try to give you any information you need to keep your toad happy. as for the worms, i have used them in the past, and they do keep for a long time. however, they are not very big so you would have to feed your toad several a day and for this reason they wouldn’t last long; they don’t come in very large containers. i am currently writing an article on breeding and caring for crickets for situations much like yours, so keep your eye open for it. i should be posting it any day now.

  135. slaclynch

    On September 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    ive been feeding my toad night crawlers occasionally just wondering if there could be problems with this?

  136. Poppyhop

    On September 26, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    I just wanted to know how to measure toads?

  137. slaclynch

    On September 26, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    from snout to vent
    Nose to end of tail bone

  138. Togot

    On September 26, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    slaclynch, earth worms are fine to feed a toad, protein powders stick to them well.

  139. Poppyhop

    On September 27, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Is it necessary to measure in diameter also?

  140. tessa

    On September 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    how can you tell the sex of a toad

  141. Togot

    On October 1, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Tessa, males are smaller and have a different colored throat. they also squeak if you grip them around the waist

  142. slaclynch

    On October 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Do you know anything about pacman frogs? i just got one from the petstore today, the info ive found thus far is= use the cocc fiber substrate, mist the tank 2-3 time a day,placed a small water dish for soaking(shallow enough not to drown him)placed a small heating pad in the corner furthest from the water dish, 10 gall tank,I put a hollow log in the tank which it doesnt seem to use,I have him in my upstair room along with my 2 other toads and keep the temp around 78 degrees. Im basically feeding it crickets, but have heard to add feeder fish to its diet? and one site said once its medium size to only feed it fish and pinkie mice (isnt that high in fat?) any more info you have would be apreciated

  143. Togot

    On October 2, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Slaclynch, sounds like you have most of your bases covered. afraid i have no personal experience with that particular species, but i do know that you should sprinkle your crickets with vitamin powder that you can get at the pet store. you might have difficulty feeding a frog a dead mouse. mine only eat things that are moving. hope that helped, and good luck

  144. MommaP

    On October 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    First, thank you for all the valuable information on this site.
    We found an American toad yesterday. My 4 y/o son has named him superman. Will “Superman” eat: rollie pollies? grubs? slugs? caterpillars?
    I will try the jar in the ground to catch bugs. It is getting colder and bugs are getting more difficult to find.
    Also, when my son holds this toad it chirps, which causes me to giggle every time. When I hold it it vibrates and then chirps-why does he do this?
    Again thank you for all this great info!

  145. Togot

    On October 9, 2008 at 2:37 am

    MommaP, yes your toad should eat all of those. pet stores sell crickets which he will also eat. your toad is probably chirping because it is frightened. we are giants compared to them, so it will take your pet a little while to get used to being handled. be careful as they also tend to pee on people if handled too much. this won’t cause warts, but it is gross. if Superman chirps when you grip him around the waist, chances are he is a he. in the wild a male toad might mistake another male for a girl. the chirping is their way of saying, “hey, i’m a guy.” the best way to handle a toad is to cup your hand and let him sit on your palm.

  146. Laura

    On October 16, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Tonight my son found his toad, with what he thought was sometihing long and skinny stuck in his mouth. It turns out that there was nothing caught in his throat, it was his tounge. It was out of his mouth and stuck along his neck and upper body. He kept opening his mouth trying to get it back in. I put hiim in his water thinking maybe he was dehydrated. Eventually he was able to get it back in. What in the world would cause this and do I have to worry he is sick now or injured. He usually spends his days buried in his cage material, reptile bark. This is the first time we know of this happening and we have had him for about three months.

  147. Togot

    On October 17, 2008 at 3:22 am

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen a toad do that before. my guess is that it either injured it’s tongue, or it was actually it’s shed skin that it was eating. i don’t know of any disease that causes a toad’s tongue to hang out of its mouth like this. i recommend keeping an eye on him for the next couple of days. watch him eat to see if he can use his tongue properly. hopefully it was a one time occurrence. if the problem persists, let me know and i’ll do some research for you to find an answer.

  148. Andrew

    On October 18, 2008 at 12:16 am


    First of all nice site its very nice of you to update and continue to update these posts. Alot of people IMO miss out on the opportunity to have such great pets as toads as information on keeping them as pets is limited and most of the time incorrect..

    Anyways heres my question.. I have 10 toads.. 2 firebelly toads 5 American toads and 3 Canadian Toads.. Two of my toads, An american toad and a Canadian Toad have been in mating position for almost 4 days now(I have looked this up and found that is it possible to have cross breeding among toads and frogs).. After researching i found that this can take many days and that this is normal. My question is .. Will mating always result in a clutch of eggs being laid? or if not will the Male just eventually let go? I cant wait to see what happens and im actually rather excited as one of my Firebelly toads continues to try to mate with one of the American toads.. It would be pretty neat offspring i think

    Thanks in advance, Andrew

  149. Togot

    On October 18, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Andrew, mating doesn’t always result in eggs, and with crossbreeding it would be even less guaranteed, but there is always hope. make sure you have a decent sized body of water for them to spawn in. how long the male continues his efforts depends on the libido of the species. the infamous cane toad will mate with almost anything it get get a hold of to the point of death. i’m afraid i’m not familiar with fire bellys though. if you feel they are attached for too long and are afraid of the male starving to death, you should be able to forcibly separate them.

  150. Poppyhop

    On October 19, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I thought my toad was an American toad. I looks alot like a Fowlers toad, too. Could it be a cross breed? it has traits from both. Also, how do you tell what age it is?
    Love, Poppyhop

  151. Togot

    On October 19, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Poppyhop, i have heard that it is possible to cross breed toads, but i have never done it myself. to my knowledge there is no way to tell the exact age of a toad.

  152. Poppyhop

    On October 30, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Does my toad need a heat lamp?

  153. Togot

    On October 31, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Poppyhop, no your toad shouldn’t need a heat lamp. most toads do fine at room temperature, and they like to bury themselves so the lamp wouldn’t do much for them.

  154. slaclynch

    On November 3, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    basicaly the only difference between the american and fowlers toad is the number of warts per spot more than 3 and its a fowlers and im thinking the dorsal stripe as well, ive heard they can cross breed but have no idea what one would look like. I actually let my fowlers go 3 days ago in the backyard where i found him, He was about 5 inch long almost 3in wide so he has grown like 2x the size of when i found him (actually it was a her) ive taken on some more challenging brreds such as the pacman and im looking to get a pixy frog , ive got some firebellies as well, my fowlers toad was a total pig and it gets kinda expensive when she eats her own weight in crickets

  155. michelle

    On November 6, 2008 at 4:41 am

    I have had a toad for about 6 months. He is very healthy and seems happy, but we just moved and he (or she) has been acting very strangely. I used to have his cage in a bedroom where he couldn’t see the outside, but in the new house he can see the backyard from his cage. The first couple days he acted normally, just chilling in his cage, but today he started trying to climb up the glass, jumping around and propping himself up against the side of the cage as if he wants to get out. It’s actually very funny, but I can’t understand why he is acting this way! Have you ever seen this and could he just be excited that there is more activity around his cage than he is used to?

  156. Togot

    On November 7, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Your toad is trying to get out. Frogs and toads don’t understand the concept of glass. When he was in a room with no view, he had no reason to try to go anywhere because he couldn’t see anyplace more appealing. Now that he can, he is trying to get there. The easiest way to stop this is to either move his cage away from the window, or put something on that side of the glass to block his view.

  157. Poppyhop

    On November 10, 2008 at 6:55 am

    If you are buying bugs from a pet store, that isn’t generally the cheapest thing to do. The pet store near me charges 11 cents a cricket! If you get bugs from a bait shop, they are a lot cheaper. My toad LOVES bee larvae.

  158. michelle

    On November 11, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for your help! He has settled down now and we’ll be moving him soon as the dining room is cleared out completely. Bugs from a pet store are definitely more expensive! And the crickets don’t seem to live very long either! Sometimes I buy them individually and sometimes I buy them pr-packaged. I bought “cricket food” and the moisture gel stuff for them but they just don’t seem to last as long as the pre-packeaged crickets that only have a little block of who knows what in there. Sometimes I feel like taking care of a toad is as much responsibility as a dog!! lol

  159. Togot

    On November 11, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Poppyhop, it’s true that some bait shops could be cheaper than a pet store, and if you can find such a store near you by all means use it. i’ve never found anyplace that sells bee larvae. sounds like an interesting treat. if you really want to save some money on crickets however, you should read my article on breeding and raising them for yourself.

    Michelle, glad to hear things are working out. you also may be interested in reading my crickets breeding article.

  160. slaclynch

    On November 17, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    if your toad continues to try and escape, id cover all but one side of the tank it usually gives them a secure feeling as well. As far as crickets between the pacman and firebelly I have, 2 dozen goes real fast, I usually gut load the crickets for 24 hours then their usually eaten up. if your buying at a pet store their usually eating the gut loaded gell (the green block) but pet stores you’d want to mix up some oatmeal and vitamin suplement and load them up for 24 hours

  161. frogger

    On November 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I’m keeping a toad over the winter and i’m wonder how to tell if it’s a male or female. some pictures of a comparison will do good

  162. Togot

    On November 21, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    frogger, afraid i have no pictures to show you, only the description that females are larger and males tend to squeak if you grip them around the waist. males also have an off colored throat.

  163. slaclynch

    On November 22, 2008 at 11:58 am

    just got another pacman frog today, its a green phase, pretty cool looking im hoping for a male as the other one i have is a female

  164. frogger

    On November 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    my toad doesn’t squeak or have a colored throat s now how should I find out.

  165. frogger

    On November 24, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    how an I tell whatkind of toad it. I know that it is either an American or a Common toad.

  166. Togot

    On November 25, 2008 at 3:57 am

    frogger, that probably means it’s a female. the two toads species look pretty similar, but the American toad has a more pronounced white stripes

  167. frogger

    On November 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    do you raise mice. I have a mouse named Ragweed. I also have five praying mantis. I also have a hermit crab

  168. Togot

    On November 26, 2008 at 2:50 am

    frogger, yes, and i have care sheets for all of those animals on this site. you should be able to find them by clicking on my name

  169. danielle

    On December 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Isn’t it cruel to catch a wild toad and lock it in a cage? Since they are used to living in a big open area and everything. I couldn’t do that to them, so I just went out and spent 7 dollars on a toad.

  170. Togot

    On December 3, 2008 at 2:39 am

    danielle, the same could be said for keeping any pet whether they be caught in the wild, or bred in captivity. i try to provide information to help people provide a suitable environment for their pet to keep them healthy and happy. i like to think that all of my pets are content because they don’t have to worry about predation or starvation. good luck with your pet

  171. allie

    On December 19, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    toger,toads are my favorite animals and i train the toads,but its hard to and when i train them act like they are a dog.

  172. Jack

    On December 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I recently purchased a fire bellied toad. First two weeks everything was fine, he tended to hide round the back of his bark but would come out, go in his water and sit on top of his bark. Since cleaning him out 2 weeks ago, he has sat under the bark and will only pop his head out for feeding. He has not been in his water for over two weeks, and never comes from his hiding place. He continues to feed on worms, but I am worried that he may be ill, as he seemed quite sprightly when we first brought him home.

  173. Togot

    On December 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Jack, this happens with my toad occasionally to. every now and then she will go under her piece of bark for a week or two without coming out. it worried me the first time, I thought she was dead, but now I just check on her every couple of days. It shouldn’t be anything to worry about.

  174. Laura

    On January 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    We have had a toad (my son thinks its an american toad) since the summer. Several months ago I wrote you because his tongue appeared to be stuck outside his mouth, on the side of his head. After that event he was able to eat but I noticed he was slower at getting crickets and didnt do so well at the regular size small ones (as opposed to the teeny tiny ones) I was able to give him meal worms also so he seemed to be doing fine, just maybe a little lazy or maybe his tongue was a little damaged from the tounge thing. I do think it was his tongue stuck outside though and not his skin shedding because since then I have seen that happen as well. My problem I now have is that he is not capable of catching or eating anything, even a slow just out of the refrigerator meal worm. I can see he is stalking it and he tries to get it, I can hear the noise of his tongue trying to get it. It is like his aim is off or his tongue isnt coming out enough, though the meal worms are right in front of him. He tries for a while and then gives up. I have not seen him eat in about two weeks and I can see him getting skinny. We do live in a cold state, Illinois and I did consider that he might be cold even though my house is kept at 71 so I put his cage on half of a floor heating vent which didnt seem to do anything. Is there anything I can do to prevent what I think is the inevitible?

  175. Togot

    On January 15, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Laura, I’m afraid that a skinny toad is never a good thing. If you can’t get him to a vet that does exotic pets, you can try hand feeding him. I do this with mine sometimes to interact with her. Cup a mealworm or earthworm in your palm and hold it in front of your toad. Makes it easier for them to get it, and it will give you a closer look at the problem. If that doesn’t help, then I’m afraid I don’t know what else to do, and I am sorry I wasn’t able to be of more help in this matter.

  176. logan the animal luver

    On January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    hi togot! i haven’t been here in like forever! i let my toads go earlier before winter so they could hibernate and as soon as i put them down they set to work digging burrows in the leaf litter.

  177. Lynn

    On January 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    The pet store suggested reptile bark for our toads cage but you say to use soil. Is the bark ok also? Also, can bottled water be used to avoid the chlorine rather than the fancy ways you suggest to collect water? I have noticed that the water in the bowl evaporates really quick in our warm dry house. Do I have to worry about forgeting to check the water one day or will the toad be okay for a day or two if I forget to check the water and it dries up?

  178. Togot

    On January 22, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Lynn, some people prefer using bark to soil because it is less messy, but I don’t use it because I worry that it may be uncomfortable for the toad since they like to burry themselves. Moss is ok though, and a single piece of tree bark makes for a good shelter. You will have to check the bottle to make sure it doesn’t have chlorine in it. I don’t use this method simply because it can be kind of expensive. I fill a pitcher with water and let it sit overnight, I haven’t had any problems using this method thus far. Toads don’t need water as often as frogs because they are more terrestrial, so you only need to fill the dish every other day or so.

  179. Christina

    On January 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    My boyfriend gave me a toad about 4 months ago and ever since ive been keeping it in a 10 gallon tank with peat moss and other soft bedding that can absorb heat and water. recently my toad has been acting very strange and i dont understand why. it normally burrows and sleeps all day and isnt active at all. I took her out of her cage today and let her wade in water in my bathtub and ever since she hasnt stood still shes hopping all over and standing with her two feed on the glass, i feel terrible, i dont know why shes doing this, i put her back in the bathtub and she really seemed to enjoy just swimming and sitting in the lukewarm water. She suddenly hates being in her cage and wont sit still. Am i doing something wrong? Is her cage too small? She has like 10 crickets in her cage, do you think they’re bothering her and she wants to get out? Thats all she eats should i change her diet?

  180. Togot

    On January 23, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Christina, The problem may be that there are too many crickets in his cage with him. Crickets, if not eaten quickly, can harass the animals that are supposed to eat them. They will bite and crawl on your pet, so your toad may be trying to get away from them. Also, if you haven’t already, put in a water dish large enough for your toad to sit in. I know mine enjoys soaking every now and again.

  181. Christina

    On January 23, 2009 at 8:59 am

    You said that I shouldnt use tap water? should i go get snow and then wait for it to melt then heat it? she really enjoys the water, i just woke up now and shes just starring out of her cage, i feel terrible, im really not into amphibians but i have a heart she just looks so sad. should i remove all the crickets? i dont know how many shes eaten though. Ever since ive gotten her she just ate crickets i gave her worms where i needed to chop the head off and she never touched them. She litterally will stand on two feet with the other two on the glass as soon as she saw me she hopped over and is now starring at me. I dont know what to do, Do you think she misses being outside? Would it be a bad idea to release her in april or may? I just dont have a clue with her shes never done any of this and shes had many crickets in her cage..

  182. Christina

    On January 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    You said that I shouldnt use tap water? should i go get snow and then wait for it to melt then heat it? she really enjoys the water, i just woke up now and shes just starring out of her cage, i feel terrible, im really not into amphibians but i have a heart she just looks so sad. should i remove all the crickets? i dont know how many shes eaten though. Ever since ive gotten her she just ate crickets i gave her worms where i needed to chop the head off and she never touched them. She litterally will stand on two feet with the other two on the glass as soon as she saw me she hopped over and is now starring at me. I dont know what to do, Do you think she misses being outside? Would it be a bad idea to release her in april or may? I just dont have a clue with her shes never done any of this and shes had many crickets in her cage..

  183. Togot

    On January 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Christina, the snow trick can work, you can also fill a pitcher with water and let it sit over night or boil it to remove chlorine. You can keep the crickets in a smaller container and only drop in two or three a day for your toad to eat, but you should get a vitamin spray to balance out your toads diet or gut load the crickets with cricket food. A damp paper towel and some table scraps should keep them from eating each other. If your pet gets anxious, you can let it out of its cage to walk around. If you put a towel on your lap you can sit with it for awhile, just remember to wash your hands afterwards. but if you feel it is best, early spring would be a good time to release it. Just make sure you give it some going away crickets. You can even try to keep in it your back yard by providing a toad friendly environment. Take an old flower pot and break chunk out of the rim and turn it upside-down on top of some damp leaf litter. Place you toad inside and he might use it for a house. I wish you luck .

  184. frogger

    On January 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I have a toad that just sits in his cage the only time he moves is when i feed him. Is he sick?? Does he need exercise?? What should I do for his cage in the winter when i can’t get grass??

  185. Togot

    On January 28, 2009 at 2:37 am

    frogger, this is pretty typical toad behavior. they only really move if something is bothering them. if he is happy and comfortable, he will just sit their until he has a reason to move.

  186. Poppyhop

    On February 7, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I just returned from a week long vacation. I had my best friend taking care of my toad while I was gone, and he looks fat and healthy. This morning I noticed that his eye was leaking mucus. Is this normal? Is this part of shedding? Please help!

  187. Togot

    On February 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Poppyhop, it could be shedding, but if it is it shouldn’t last for more than a day or two. if the condition persists, i recommend taking it to a vet as your toad may have an infection

  188. Poppyhop

    On February 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    my toad seems to be back to normal. always hunting for a snack!

  189. Poppyhop

    On February 12, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I am afraid that I have not been feeding my toad on a regular basis. I haven’t fed him in 3 days. A toad should be able to last that long, but he has not shown his face since the white Mucas. Crickets got eaten 3 days ago, and they have not gotten eaten now. I accidently skipped a feeding day because I got confused with the every-other-day scedule. Is there a way I could feed him every day? is skipping a feeding day a cause of death? Please reply I feel so horrible!

  190. Togot

    On February 13, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Poppyhop, you don’t have to worry about feeding your toad every day or every other day. As long as he gets his fill every week, he should be fine. Toads like to hide and burry themselves, sometimes for weeks on end. He will come out when he is hungry enough and the crickets aren’t coming to him. You can also entice him to come out by simulating rain by sprinkling water into the tank. This always gets mine to come out and sit in his water dish for awhile.

  191. Poppyhop

    On March 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    What is the respiration rate for an American toad? I need to know for a 4-H project. I looked al over google for it and can’t find it.

  192. Togot

    On March 6, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Poppyhop, i’m afraid i have no idea what the respiration rate for a toad is. although i have experience caring for them and studying their habits, i am not that intimately versed in their biology.

  193. Poppyhop

    On March 6, 2009 at 6:14 am

    That’s OK, I’ll just go to the library. I am doing 4-H pocket pets with my toad. Toads really have a cool digestive tract!

  194. Togot

    On April 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I have some sad news, my toad died :( I did an autopsy on it and found out that it had eaten a fire ant and its venom had burnt away its stomach, so advice to everyone, dont feed fire ants t your toads.

  195. Togot

    On April 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    to the commenter above. although I encourage anyone to add their own advice and information as a comment, please do so under your own name. I have no experience feeding fire ants to frogs or toads, but I have never heard of them killing animals from the inside as you described. a single fire ant shouldn’t be dangerous to an amphibian, and the ants venom does not burn away anything. their toxins cause pain and death in very large doses when injected into the bloodstream, but the name “fire ant” refers to a burning sensation, not actual burning.

  196. Andris

    On April 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I was wondering if I should use a heat lamp or not.
    Is that a good Idea?
    I have one male toad that’s about a year old, and another one that is I think maybe 4 months old, and I also have a tree frog in the same enclosure. They’ve been doing great ever since I got them, I was just wondering if it would be wise to use a heat lamp.

  197. Togot

    On April 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Andris, a heat lamp isn’t necessary for amphibians. it can actually dry them out if your not careful. reptiles need a full spectrum light to help their bodies develop the hard scales which amphibians lack.

  198. Andris

    On April 6, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks that was very helpful.
    I have another question. Just like I said in my first note, I have 2 toads and one tree frog in the same enclosure.
    Will this be harmful to either species?

  199. Ripple

    On April 7, 2009 at 11:26 am

    We caught 3 eastern toads (about the size of a quarter) back in September 2008. I have a 5.5 gallon tank with reptile bark in the bottom, some large rocks propped up against the glass for hiding, and a water bowl buried up to the bark. The tank is in the basement so it stays between 60 (winter) and 75 (summer) degrees.

    I buy a $3 box of crickets every week and drop in about 10 every 2 days. They seem very happy as they start jumping around when I come near them knowing that food is coming (they did not do this at first). They also bury themselves in the bark sometimes.
    I have a plain old 60 watt lamp on a timer- 12 hours on, 12 off.
    They did not eat much through the winter months but now are visibly hunting the crickets when I put them in.

    All I do is change the water (using bottled water with no chlorine) and feed them. I will probably clean out the tank and put new bark in before the summer.

    I just wanted to share how easy it is to care for them and the kids love them. Heck even I enjoy watching them eat and tap their toes while “hunting”.

  200. Ripple

    On April 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    PS- this is the $3 cricket box my local Feed Barn sells. My small toads love it, i get the small/medium sized crickets.

  201. Andris

    On April 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks that was very helpful.
    I have another question. Just like I said in my first note, I have 2 toads and one tree frog in the same enclosure.
    Will this be harmful to either species?

  202. Togot

    On April 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Andris, i have written a separate article on caring for tree frogs because they do require a different environment which is almost the complete opposite from toads. if you click on my name you should be able to find it.

    Ripple, thank you for sharing. that sounds like a very nice setup you have there.

  203. pond lover

    On May 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    do you know what i should carry my toad in?i know i cant carry him
    home in a bag.

  204. pond lover

    On May 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    do you know what kinds of frogs and toads live near where i live?i
    live in Lincoln.

  205. pond lover

    On May 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    one more question do you think i should feed my toad when i get it
    a mixture of huge ants and plain ants or just huge ants?

  206. Toader

    On May 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I found my toad in my basement! I believe things in nature should stay in nature, but this guy was in MY house, so I made an exception. I also agree that as long as I\’m providing a safe home and food I\’m also saving him from larger pray, moving cars, lawn mowers, etc. etc….so I no longer have guilty feelings. My question is at times he becomes very dark in color. almost black. Other times, he\’s a nice olive green color. Is this normal and if so why does he do this? Also, I\’m pretty sure he\’s a he (he chirps), but do females make any sounds? He is now my 3 yr old son\’s \”pet\” and has proudly named him Toader, and my 6 yr old came up with a witty joke I\’d like to share, Mader is the tow truck from the movie \”Cars\” who\’s rather hillbilly-ish. Q:\”What did Mader say to Toader?\” A: \”Need a TOW-der?\”

  207. Togot

    On May 12, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Toader, females can make a hissing sound when they feel threatened, but other than that, mine has never made any noise. The changing in color usually means that the toad has shed it’s skin. You won’t find any laying around because toads eat their skin when they shed it. Cute joke by the way

  208. toadlover

    On May 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    my toad dose not have an aquriaum she only has a lunch box but the lid slides and iv had her for 4 days and she is perfectly fine but she has been in her bed some times she is in her pool.Is something wrong wit her?P.S iv been taking her to school

  209. Togot

    On May 13, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Toadlover, toads are amphibians and they like to absorb water through their skin which is why your pet spends time in its pool, though i do recommend providing it with a larger home.

  210. Toader

    On May 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I originally thought our toad, Toader, was an American Toad. Upon viewing diffent photos of toads he may be a Fowler’s Toad. How do I know? Does it matter what species he is? Do I do anything different for him? Thanks.

  211. Togot

    On May 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Toader, determining the difference between similar species can be tricky, but luckily you don’t need to do anything different in terms of care.

  212. Frogger

    On May 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Hi, I am getting a couple of baby american toads from out science class investigation habitats. Is it possible for an aquarium to be too big for your toads? I am just going to raise them and then release them, but i hope I can keep them!
    Thanks, Togot!

  213. Frogger (again)

    On May 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry, but I just thought of another question. Do young toad eat fish food? When I raised Green Frog tadpoles, they ate fish food until they were mature enough to be released.
    Thanks again, Togot!

  214. Togot

    On May 22, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Frogger, there is no such thing as too large a cage. Your toad will most likely choose a nice hiding spot where it will spend most of its time. If by young toads you mean tadpoles, then yes they can eat but once the grow their legs they will require insects such as ants, wood lice, and small crickets.

  215. Frogger

    On May 22, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for the help, Togot!

  216. Frogger

    On May 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I got my toads! Thay are realy fun to watch. At first one was crawling up the side of the tank, but I put paper on the sides to block the view and he stopped and made a hiding spot to stay in. The toadpoles eat algea, but I didn’t see the toad eat yet… I hope he will! Thanks again for your help- and this site. It is a great help for any amphibian lover!

  217. devs mommy

    On May 24, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i caught tadpoles from a pond nearby so my autistic 3 year old could learn about them(he loves frogs!).we live in massachusetts.i believe there is a few different species in there.we hope to have at least 1 toad to keep,the rest will be brought up to a friend that has a sucsessful manmade pond.i have read all of your posts about tadpoles and toads,however i have a few questions that were not already answered by you.a friend of mine told me to boil lettuce and then freeze it to feed this a good diet for tadpoles?if so do they need anything else to eat?we took some of the leaves from the pond but then we were overrun with mosquitos.i used a net to scoop out most of the larva and then dumped some of the water out and replaced it with spring(from a real live get it yourself mountain spring)that has been sitting for 2 2 have died.i didnt scrub the algea,just got rid of the mosquitos and dead leaves.i floated cleaned lettuce because if they can eat it boiled i thought it would be ok for “leaves”.are they dieing because of the water change?or because they were eating the larva and i removed it?i dont want all of them to die,so if you can help me with this soon,we would be greatful.also you have said a few times that they develope rather quickly but we have had ours for almost a month and there is no signs of legs yet.some have grown,others havent appeared to do anything.could these be the type that takes years to develope?we had 10(now 8)could they all be the same species?they are varied in color.some dark and some greenish.for my last question,how do we know its time to drain down the water and release the ones that we are going to release and time to set up a habitat for the toad we will keep?will i have to get some kind of log to stick in there for them to climb on as their legs develope?i apologize for the lengthy list of problems but you seem to really know your stuff and there are so many unhelpful sites out there.

  218. Frogger

    On May 24, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Devs mommy, I am not trying to take over Togot’s job, but I think I can help with some of your probloms. It sounds like all of your tadpoles are frogs- not toads. They develop much slower. As for the boiled lettuce, I would reccomend fish food instead. If they are frogs, they would probobly not eat lettuce. I always fed my frog tadpoles regular fish food and it works very well. And it sounds like the species are common Green Frogs. I would not reccomend scrubbing the algae because frogs many times eat it. It varies when to release them. Some may metemorphisize quicker than others, and the rest may not be ready for the wild and not make it. I would release them appox. one week after the tails dissolve so they have time to grow a little. To refill the water DON”T USE TAP WATER! Either use natural water of any sort or dehimidifier water. Keeping a frog is more difficult than keeping a toad, but as long as you have water and a resting rock and some sort of plant he will be fine. Again, I don’t want to take over Togot’s job, but I hope this info may help for now.

  219. Frogger

    On May 24, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I would also reccomend reading Togot’s Catching and Keeping Frogs article. His info is all true and is useful (unlike most of the other sites)

  220. Toadie

    On May 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Awesome find this page is! I have a few questions. My toad that I caught for my daughter just sits under his store bought 1/2 log. I put him in the water every once in a while and he, slowly, just goes back to under the log. If I get him out of his cage he usually just sits where I sat him at. Is this a sign of something wrong?
    He used to eat all the time when I put crickets in his cage. But last time I bought about 20 crickets and about 5 days later 8 are still in his cage. I haven’t seen him eat, but today is the first day that I counted all that was left. I guess I will check tomorrow or Tuesday to see if he has ate any.

  221. Togot

    On May 24, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Toadie, this is pretty normal toad behavior. they aren’t very energetic creatures, and they don’t need to soak up water as often as frogs do. as for the crickets, my guess is that he is already full. despite being gluttons, it takes awhile for them to digest food. as long as your pet doesn’t look skinny I wouldn’t be worried about it.

    Frogger, thanks for answering the other question, I encourage anyone to share information on my page pages

  222. Frogger

    On May 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Heres a tip:
    To make catching ants and crickets easier for your
    toad, put the ants and crickets in the toad’s
    water dish or pool. They will try to get out by
    wriggling, but it will catch the toad’s attention
    and will eat them.

  223. pond lover

    On May 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    i saw a toad at my school this morning and i am wondering what kind
    of toad it was blackish greenish and was the size of my fist.

  224. Togot

    On May 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Pond lover, i’m afraid i can’t identify the species based n that description. here is a link to a sight which may help more.

  225. Toadie

    On May 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I sure hope that he isn’t sick. Even in his cage it takes him a few hours to move from one side of the 10 gallon tank to under his hiding spot. I have dropped crickets by him and he just looks at them. He doesn’t move all that much when I pet him. Also if I turn him upside down he just lays there which is nothing like when I first got him. I wonder if I should just let him go or what.

  226. Frogger

    On May 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I bought some toad food for my toads (in pellet form) and they love it. I would reccomend buying it if you don’t feel like finding or buying bugs.

  227. Toadie

    On May 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    My toad died today. =( Looks like I will be helping my daughter look for another one though! :)

  228. Boris

    On May 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry your toad died, Toadie. Better luck next time.

  229. BonnieH

    On June 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Hiya! I am a new Toad momma and had a few questions. We caught our toad in our backyard about 5 days ago. Its a pretty good sized one and we’ve LOVED feeding him earthworms and watching him catch and eat them. We’ve been feeding him a large earthworm once a day. It looks like I’ll need to get some beetle or crickets to mix up his diet a bit more–but the earthworms are so darned entertaining and interesting to watch him eat. :P

    I’ve noticed that starting yesterday he stopped spending most of the day hidden buried in the dirt and in his hollow log–now he spends most of his time just out in the tank watching stuff. I’m assuming that means he has gotten comfortable with us and is not frightened anymore. Is that a fair assumption?

    Also, We bought a betta fish and have the tanks next to each other. The toad has noticed the fish and likes to watch the fish. His behaviour when watching the fish is a lot like his hunting behaviour. So I expect he had “plans” for the fish should he ever get close enough to catch him (which he won’t since they are in separate tanks). I don’t expect any harm can come from him being “teased” by the prospect of the fish since we do feed the toad. I put them next to each other to give them both some stimulation. Do you think this is ok?

    Lastly, I use bottled Spring Water for the toad. Seems to be fine so far, is it OK to continue using that type of water?


    Here’s a link to some toadie pictures :)

  230. Togot

    On June 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    BonnieH, yes when toads feel safe they sometimes venture out. mine seems to enjoy watching me while I watch TV. As long as the toad doesn’t repeatedly launch himself against the glass trying to get the fish, it should be alright. Mine also does the same thing in regards to his neighbors. I believe that frogs and toads are programmed to key in on movement. As long as the water isn’t chlorinated it should be fine. It should say whether it is or not somewhere on the label.

  231. devs mommy

    On June 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    to frogger:thank you for answering my questions.i read it that day,but things have been crazy around here so i havent had time to comment.
    i started using the fish food immediately(they love it!) and stopped the lettuce.but we are now down to four.however those four have been around for days and are growing their legs!by the way,i never used tap water.i dont drink the stuff,im not going to make them live in was spring water from a real Berkshire nmountain spring.and i didnt scrub the algea.i figured the more swamp-like the better.

  232. clck

    On June 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    are toads social animals? We caught one and have it in a tank….I am wondering if he would be happier with a friend?

  233. toadytoady

    On June 6, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    thank u so much, your advice is really helpful. I just got a toad and I wz wondering if it wz ok to feed him/her earthworms only? when I put a worm in he/she snaps it up and eats it. I wz also wondering how long a toad could last without dirt? I just read almost everthing and just found out that they need dirt. thanks: toadytoady

  234. Togot

    On June 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Clck, Toads aren’t very social animals and will even eat each other if there is a large enough size difference.

    Toady toady, although not having dirt shouldn’t kill them, it is part of toad behavior to partially burry themselves, and they absorb moisture from the soil through their skin. I would recommend providing some kind of sub straight.

  235. toadytoady

    On June 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    thank you

  236. toadytoady

    On June 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    My toad has a dark skin on his/her belly and light skin on his/her neck what type of sex is it? I have been useing grass as a bedding and he/she got under the grass. Can I use grass? Also how long should I let him/her hop around freely? One more question, can I feed my toad junebugs? They come early in the summer to my house and leave late. thanks alot: toadytoady

  237. toadytoady

    On June 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    can i feed my toad store-bouught nightcrawlers?

  238. Togot

    On June 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    toadytoady, grass will work for a time, but some kind of soil is best. it sounds like you have a male. not sure what you mean about letting it hop around freely. do you mean outside? if so, be careful. your toad can burry himself and you’ll never find him. night crawlers and June bugs make for fine meals.

  239. toadytoady

    On June 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    thanks, now i can name him and i got some dirt for his home

  240. toadytoady

    On June 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    when toads shed do you have to feed them as much. they eat their skin and my toad is shedding so i wz wondering if i could cut back on the food? thanks alot.

  241. toadytoady

    On June 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    two last questions, can a toad over eat? last one for now, can you tell me a good time to feed mt toad? like every other day, twice a day etc.thank you so much.

  242. Togot

    On June 9, 2009 at 2:27 am

    toadytoady, I’ve never known of a toad fatality due to overeating. I usually go out and catch beetles and such from my yard to feed to my toad once a day during the summer. during the winter I get several crickets a week at the pet store, dropping in about three a day. a toads skin doesn’t seem to diminish its appetite very much, and you won’t always know when they’ve shed, so I wouldn’t treat your pet any differently after shedding.

  243. toadytoady

    On June 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    i been out of town and my older brother told me to put in all the crickets that was in the tube (around 15) and you said that they will torment your toad. do you think he will live with the torment for 3 days?

  244. Togot

    On June 10, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    toadytoady, although crickets do have a tendency to harass larger animals if they are hungry, it’s only a real problem if done over a prolonged period of time. I doubt your toad will be too bothered by them for a few days.

  245. toadsrule

    On June 12, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Togot your website is awsome i have learned a lot from you. I would like to know if my toad can be left a lone for about three days with tadpoles in its tank filled all the way up with water. I would also like to know what kind of toad it is here is the desription it is still a baby about an inch long with a goldish color lineing around the puple with orange dots surrouned by a black circle i cant see the warts yet beacause it is so small but i can see the poisin glands what will a toad thatr size eat when it has a proper tank. Can you reaply by monday.

  246. Togot

    On June 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    toadsrule, I’m afraid I can’t identify the species from a description. but toads aren’t meant to stay in water for long periods of time like frogs are. they aren’t as good at swimming and your pet would most likely drown in a tank filled with water.

    this site shows several species and their calls and may help you identify your pet’s species

  247. toadsrule

    On June 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Toget for the website and info i will move the toad out of the water tommrow i have learned that the toad is a american toad also what can an inch long toad eat.

  248. toadfinder

    On June 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Dear Togot,
    I am 12 years old and yesterday my brother and i caught a toad at a state park we took it home and made it a habitat with dirt from my backyard, a small container with water in it, and a rock for hiding. He made it through the night but i am still worried if he is in a good habitat. Can you answer these questions for me:
    1. Will boiled tap water hurt my toad? I read i need to biol it.
    2. Approx. How long will my toad live?
    3. How big does the habitat for my toad need to be?
    Thanks soooo much your website helped me a lot!!! I luv ya!

  249. Togot

    On June 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    toadsrule, a small toad like that will mostly eat small crickets, ants and woodlice

    toadfinder, as long as you let the water cool back down to room temperature it should be fine. Ideally a toad can live for about 10 years. A 10 gallon aquarium with a hiding place, water dish and soil should be good for your toad for life.

  250. toadsrule

    On June 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Toget is sand good for a toad that is kept moist, will toads hibernate in Michigan that are kept in a warm house also how deep should a water dish be.

  251. toadytoady

    On June 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    my toad is getting dark red spots on his back. is this normal?

  252. toadsrule

    On June 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Toget what will a centimeter long toad eat reaply soon.

  253. Togot

    On June 16, 2009 at 3:01 am

    toadsrule, I replied above that small toads will eat small crickets, ants and woodlice. the crickets you should be able to get at a pet store, the other two can be found in most back yards. as long as the sand is kept moist, but not sopping wet, it should be ok for a toad. toads tend to go into a dormant state during winter months even if kept indoors, but not always. and the water dish doesn’t need to be deep at all. your pet won’t drink out of it so much as he will sit in it and absorb the water through his skin.

    toadytoady, there are several species of toads which develop red spots as they mature, one is even named the red spotted toad. You shouldn’t need to worry unless you think they are an infection, in which case I recommend taking him to an exotic pet vet to have him checked out.

  254. toadsrule

    On June 16, 2009 at 8:52 am


  255. Togot

    On June 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    toadsrule, you can try putting your pet in a different container like a tupperware bowl with the ants and watch him. you can also listen. toads make a distinctive popping noise when they shoot their tongues out

  256. toadytoady

    On June 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm


  257. abby ( toad lover)

    On June 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    i had a toad, he lived for two years, he ate a bad fly and got sick, the next day he died, i caught him when i was about 8 years old, it has been… i would say a year since he died. so i am over it now, but i still really miss him, now i have a tree frog named daisy… she laid eggs about a week ago in the pooli put in her cage.. her eggs hatched and now i have tadpools… the are soooooooooo cute!

  258. toadsrule

    On June 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Toget if the tail is still on the toad will it eat bugs also can a inch long toad eat worms.

  259. Togot

    On June 17, 2009 at 2:51 am

    toads rule, as long as the toad is walking on land it will eat anything small enough for him to swallow. Smaller worms such as red wrigglers should be ok, but if you cant get these, feed him ants, small crickets and wood lice

  260. lilly

    On June 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I have three toads one is really small and the rest are big they are pets to me but they seem alittle scared but they will get over that.

  261. lilly

    On June 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    How often do i need to feed my toads. and i have another thing to say it might sound weird but i named my toads the little one is named little, the dark one i have is named froggy, the light one i have is named toady,

  262. Togot

    On June 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    lilly, you can feed them every day, but try to keep the small one away from the larger ones or they might eat him as well

  263. redhed

    On June 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hi togot.
    I ave just found a toad about one inch under a piece of corragated iron in my house in wales.
    I was wondering hownhigh they can jump

  264. Togot

    On June 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Redhead, I’m afraid I don’t know the exact height a toad can jump, but I do know it is not as far or high as a frog. Toads are much heavier than frogs and hop more than they jump

  265. toadfinder

    On June 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you so much that was very helpful.
    As far as feeding goes, do toads like worms and do i need to give my toad a variety of foods because lately i have only been feeding him worms. He seems to like it but is it healthy for him? Also I have no idea how many worms a day to give him. I heard you cant overfeed a toad but could I starve him?
    Oh and one last question, is there a way to tell how old my toad is?
    Thanks so much.

  266. Alexis

    On June 22, 2009 at 11:33 am

    How can you tell the difference between a frog and toad

  267. Alexis

    On June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Dear Togot,I found a toad in my yard. So did my friend. Their must be a lot in our area. Anyway my friend gave her toad to me.What should i feed them.

  268. Togot

    On June 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    toad finder, it’s probably a good idea to add some variety to his meals, and use some vitamin supplement powders as well. As long as you feed it at least once a day, it shouldn’t starve.

    Alexis, frogs are slimmer, have smoother skin, and spend most of their time in or near water. Their coloring consists mostly f shades of green. Toads are fat, warty, and spend most of their time on lad, usually partially buried or hiding under rocks and logs. Their coloring is more brown and grey. You can feed either of them insects and worms

  269. toadfinder

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks Can i get the vitamin supplement powder at normal pet stores or where could i find it?

  270. toadgirly

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    hi togot i am a new toad owner and i was wondering if toads like to be played with because my mommy said to hold him more but he doesnt seem to like it. thanks

  271. toaddude

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    hi togot i have had my toad for almost two weeks now and his pouch under his neck seems to be getting very large. Is this normal? He also is getting very fat. Am i feeding him too much?

  272. person

    On June 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    i heard u r going to post an article on raising crickets for toad food have u already done this? if u have where can i find it?

  273. interesting

    On June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    the information is great to know but I think that keeping a toad you find outside is one of the cruelest things you can possibley do. i have a toad living in my backyard its been there for over a month and i see it in around the same area everyday but i have never thought to bring it inside. it would be miserable and terrified.that would eb like brining a bird inside your house and keeping it in a cage. constricted and melancholly. Im sure this writing is good in a way to try to keep the toad owners from harming the toads but just leave the toads be even if they do get harmed outside by a snake or soemthing im sure it ould be way happier out there then in a house.

  274. Togot

    On June 23, 2009 at 11:09 am

    toad finder, most pet stores should carry it near their exotic pets, I get mine from petco.

    Toadgirly, toads don’t like being played with, but if you set a towel in your lap, you can let your pet sit with you while you watch TV. You just need to make sure he doesn’t crawl off of you, and wash your hands afterwards.

    Toaddude, a fat toad is a healthy toad. If it was skinny, then you could worry. Toads are gluttonous animals, but I’ve never heard of anyone overfeeding one.

    Person, yes I have, just click my name for a list of all my articles. You should be able to find it there.

  275. person

    On June 24, 2009 at 11:50 am

    thanks that article helped a lot u r very smart!!!!!!!

  276. toadfinder

    On June 24, 2009 at 11:50 am


  277. toadgirly

    On June 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    but will he poop on me

  278. toad T.J.

    On June 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    my sister and i found a toad and want to keep him but we do not know how to take care of him so……….
    help us please

  279. Togot

    On June 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Toad T.J., most of the information you need is in the article itself. If you need help with anything specific that isn’t mentioned above, let me know and I will try to help

  280. Alexis

    On June 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Togot,the toads seem to be enjoying the worms. Should I try feeding them insects or should I stick with the worms? From, Alexis

  281. Alexis

    On June 25, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    How iong do toads usally live to? What’s your toads name? How long have you had your toad?

  282. Colin

    On June 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Togot I was wondering to what to feed my baby toad I cant tell if hes eating or not because I am feeding him ants please help

  283. Togot

    On June 26, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Alexis, it’s always good to mix up an animals diet to add some variety. Toads can live up to 20 years. My toad is named Gamabunta, I’ve had her for about three years now. I found her on a camping trip when she was no larger than the end of my thumb. Now she is larger than my fist and quite happy.

    Colin, you can put your toad in a different container with the ants and watch him to see if he eats them. He should try to eat anything that moves and is smaller than himself.

  284. Colin

    On June 26, 2009 at 8:45 am

    thanks I was also wondering if it is ok to put my adult toad with my baby snapping turtle

  285. Alexis

    On June 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Dear Togot, The toads don’t seem to be enjoying the insects as much as the worms. From, Alexis

  286. Togot

    On June 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Colin, snapping turtles and toads require different environments, so I’m not sure how you could keep them in the same enclosure.

    Alexis, as long as you occasionally sprinkle the worms with a vitamin supplement, there shouldn’t be a problem.

  287. toadfinder

    On June 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Dear Togot,
    I am so sad because last night my mom told me that i would have to let my toad go because we are going on a two month long vacation…:( I as really sad. Is there any way i would be able to keep my toad alone for that long in his tank or am i going to have to let him go??? I have become attached to him and i don’t think i can let him go so soon!
    Please help me :(

  288. Colin

    On June 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    my toad died my snapping turtle ate him

  289. Tim

    On June 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    How old are you togot

  290. toadfinder

    On June 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Togot, I hate to say this but i am very disappointed in you for the first time. I thought you cared about these toads more than that! I can’t believe you think that someones toad dying would make you say ”oh well”
    Thanks a lot
    I thought i could trust your information Togot.
    I am sorry to say but you just lost a reader.
    for the last time, toadfinder

  291. Togot

    On June 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    toadfinder, I’m sorry you’re upset, but that comment wasn’t made by me. it’s unfortunate, but all anyone has to do is type in my name and pretend to be me on this sight. I deleted that person’s comment, and am adding my triond credentials to this post to prove it is the real me. I do care about all of the animals I write care sheets for. To answer your question, you can try to make him an outside habitat. Toads normally won’t leave a suitable environment. You’ll need a shaded area with damp leaf litter where insects can get to for food. You I would suggest not caging him in the event that he does need to venture away for food or water. This is probably the ideal solution to your situation because it at least gives a chance of finding him when you come back home, and if he isn’t there, at least he is alright. Again, my apologies for that person’s shred and insensitive comment.

    Tim, I am 26

  292. toadfinder

    On June 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I thank you for apologizing and am really sorry for accusing you. I understand that it is hard to make that not happen and i also thank you for including your triond credentials. And i appreciate you deleting that persons comment.
    About my toad, that sounds like a good idea, but my parents might not like the idea. I am only twelve years old and they say it would be a big responsibility for me, and a lot of work. I will have to talk to them about it but at least now i will know how to do it if they decide yes so thank you.
    I really do appreciate you taking so much control of the situation because a girl like me (or anyone) can really get mixed up with that.
    I am sorry again for blaming you.
    Thanks, toadfinder

  293. Colin

    On June 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Togot my toad got eaten by my snapping turtle

  294. Togot

    On June 28, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Colin, I’m sorry to hear that. a younger snapping turtle is usually more timid than the older ones, but they are ravenous carnivores. as I said before, toads and aquatic turtle have a different set of requirements. i’m sorry i wasn’t more specific.

  295. Colin

    On June 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    its ok I wasnt completely attached to the toad yet i found him just a few days ago.

  296. toadfinder

    On June 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Togot i let my toad go today and it was very sad but do you think he is in a better home? We let him go at the park i found him in and there is a shallow creek there that he seemed to like. He started swimming right when i set him down but i cried so much! I am gonna miss him so much!!! I just wanted to thank you because if it weren’t for you he probably would have been dead so thank you.
    from, toadfinder

  297. Person

    On July 5, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    How can you tell if it’s a frog or a toad. It is the size of a die with slight bumps and skinny. There was a fly in my house that was bigger than him!!!!

  298. Togot

    On July 5, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Person, it sounds like you have a baby toad. young toads are usually smaller than young frogs. toads also have warts, dryer skin, and an aversion to deep water

  299. Amanda

    On July 6, 2009 at 12:56 am

    I live in Illinois and my mother found a toad in her garden and gave it to my son. A couple of weeks later found another toad. We have them both in a tank with about 1 1/2″ of dirt, a lookout rock in the corner, a toad house (that they seem to love) and a small hosta (my pond toads love them). and a 2 toad size pool. I’ve identified the toads (after hours of surfing) as American Toads. But they are two different colors. One is tan and the other is almost black. Their markings on their back are the same but the tan one is smoother than the darker one. Is there any way that I could email a picture to you and tell me if they are the same type of toad. and possibly the sex?

  300. Togot

    On July 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Amanda, it is possible that the darker one is simply getting ready to shed its skin. keep an eye on it for a few days to see if its colors suddenly brighten up. to find out the sex of a toad, check the throat. it should be a different color than the rest of the underbelly, usually yellowish.

  301. Deirdre

    On July 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I love toads. I used to have one named Edrick. She was so friendly and surprisingly smart. I would handle her daily and let her wander around my room on occasion. Sadly I trusted my brother with her for a week when I was out of town and I think he forgot about her. =(
    But now I have 3 toads. I love to watch them eat! There tank is set up like a cute little southern home and yard. I have a tarantula too, so instead of dirt I used her coconut fiber bedding for them. It’s nice and soft and clean. I got them a little mouse/hamster shack house thing with some live plants and a lizard rock water dish thing that looks like a little rock pond. I even made some slate paths. it’s really cute!

  302. lisa

    On July 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I am about to go on vacation for 5 days what can i do to make sure my firebelly toads eat do i just feed them alot before leaving? my husband bought dried crickets in a jar will they eat them if hungry enough?

  303. Togot

    On July 13, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Lisa, most toads only eat food that is moving. you can try to guy a large number of crickets along with a cricket house to put in with your toads. put in some cricket food as well so they don’t bite your pets, and make sure they have fresh water before you leave. that should give them the best chances while you’re gone

  304. hunter

    On July 13, 2009 at 7:52 am

    dear togot,

    i am eleven years old and i have 2 baby toads that are really small we fed them crickets and the crickets are about half or the same size of the toads does it matter or not.

    i also wanted to know if i should put a divider in the tank and fill half with dirt and half with water? please help me

  305. Togot

    On July 13, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Hunter, as long as the toads can eat the crickets, there shouldn’t be a problem. toads don’t like a lot of water so i would advise against filling up half your tank with it. a small water dish should do the trick

  306. tyty

    On July 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    today at camp i cought a baby tode and wile i was on the bus he was fine. and then when i got home i was making his home or her home.then i went to put him or her in the new home and was not moving sow i thought he or she was faking it .
    is there such thing as facking its death?

  307. tyty

    On July 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    also togt i have a tube and dipped the tode in it

  308. Jamie

    On July 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I have had two toads for about 3 months now and they seemed to be quite happy. They are fed several flies every day as well as other random insects. They seemed to be quite happy but now one of them just does laps around the aquarium bumping his head on the glass as if he’s trying to find a way out. I’ve changed the dirt completely, thinking there was something in the dirt that may bother him,and keep clean water in there every day. Why would he all of the sudden want so badly to get out? They’ve quite happy all this time, or so I thought. I’ve thought of just letting him back into the wild but I hate to do that as he’s been spoiled all this time, not really having to put forth an effort to eat–it’s been provided for him all this time now. I refer to them as male but I’m quite confident they’re both female. Any ideas? Thanks!!

  309. Togot

    On July 15, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Tyty, A young toad will take time to settle into its new home. Until it does it will try to stay still when it senses people around it. As for the water, toads don’t like to swim. They spend most of their time half buried under logs and rocks, but if he didn’t move at all when you put him in deep water, than I’m afraid he may be dead.

    Jamie, Toads never really have to put forth much effort to eat. They just sit under rocks and logs and snap up anything that crawls in front of them. Your toad is probably restless. Like people, every now and again a pet feels the urge to move around. Whenever mine does this, I put a towel in my lap and let my toad sit with me while I watch TV or play a video game. If you still think you should let him/her go, you can try to encourage your pet to stay in your back yard where you can keep an eye on it. A moist pile of leaves, a toad house, and some crickets should do the job nicely.

  310. toady

    On July 17, 2009 at 6:48 am

    my toad is so fat its practicly a circle does that mean hes healthy??

  311. Togot

    On July 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Toady, a fat toad is a healthy toad. they are glutens.

  312. toady

    On July 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i feed my toad mealworms but they r liike ten times smaller than the toad so how many should i feed it daily?

  313. Togot

    On July 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Toady, i usually feed my toad as much as he will eat. you can also mix up his diet with crickets and such, and adding a vitamin powder should help keep it healthy

  314. Animal Luver.

    On July 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Im a 12 and a half year old and I have a pet toad, her name is Gizmolla, she is entertaining, when you try to touch her fingers she will pull her hand under her as of saying dont touch me you human. She is sweet and sqeeks wheen you pet rub her, although so far she has peed on me 3 times. She is my little baby. I give her a good rinse off every day………….I think she is so cute not ugly, come on im a girl turning 13 next month!!

  315. sad gardener

    On July 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    my mom was weeding, using garden shears and she accidentally cut off one of the toads hands. will the toad survive?

  316. Togot

    On July 22, 2009 at 2:32 am

    sad gardener, assuming it doesn’t exsanguinate or get an infection, it should heal, though it won’t grow back. a toad can survive with a missing front foot.

  317. sad gardener

    On July 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

    thanks togot. that really helps. my mom was very worried the toad would die.

  318. Linda

    On July 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

    HELP! I just found a toad (kinda fat, wondering if pregnant) on my front lawn and it can’t move its’ back legs. Might have gotten hit by my husband’s lawn mower last night, not sure… no visual wounds. We live in the country with lots of wild life so I am not sure what to do with him/her. I want to help it somehow. I picked it up on a small shovel and placed it at the edge of our lawn near a bunch of overgrown weeds/brush. Last week I saw a snake in our yard, so it is not safe. I’m considering getting a fish tank to take care of it, but I won’t be able to feed it live bugs… although necessary, watching the food chain REALLY bothers me. I’m sure my 8 year old son would love to do it though. If I let him stay in nature outside, any ideas how to keep him safe, while still tending to his needs? If I get a tank, how should I set it up? Also, I find dead bugs around my house all the time since we have a Pest company spray every 3-6 months. Are these dead bugs okay to feed to this toad? Any help would be so much appreciated… I hate to see anything suffer!!

  319. Togot

    On July 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Linda, a fat toad means it is healthy, it’s a little late in the summer for them to still be mating. It may have broken its back, and if left in the wild will almost certainly fall prey to predators. If you feed it insects that were killed with poisons, you’ll just be poisoning the toad as well. The only way I can see this animal as having a chance is in captivity. If you don’t want to feed it live food, you can try canned insects, but you will have to wiggle it in front of the toad as they key to movement.

  320. Linda

    On July 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Togot! I did catch him earlier today and put him in an open top tote with soil, wet sandbox-sand, rooted grass, and a shallow stone that will hold a little water and a clay pot that I laid sideways. I placed him half in the clay pot for a feeling of shelter, which he has managed to pull himself out of, but no further than that. I put the tote outside for a while in the rain so it would make it moist in the tote for him… he seemed to enjoy it. I have put him/the tote in my garage for the evening… not sure what to do tomorrow if he is still alive. I think you are right, his back is probably broken. Any chance of it healing, or am I just prolonging this poor creatures suffering? Thanks for letting me know about the insects and the poison. I had put a couple of those dead bugs near him but he was not interested thankfully. There are some ants in the tote, but I don’t know how he would catch them, or any insects I might put in with him for that matter.

  321. Concerned

    On July 24, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Hey Togot, I caught Three Toads after a rainy day. I was wondering if you can tell me what kinds of toads they are. A couple days ago I seen one of the toads atop the other what does this mean? i didnt remove it but i let it crawl on my hand and I put it into the water. ( I think the water was too deep…Im not sure)….Then they seperated. Do You think that i stopped their matin process…

    Frm- Concerned

  322. toady

    On July 24, 2009 at 2:27 am

    my toad doesnt eat anything but mealworms ive tried feeding crickets and others but he doesnt seem to eat it

  323. iabella

    On July 29, 2009 at 1:46 am





  324. Togot

    On July 29, 2009 at 2:14 am

    iabella, a toad that size should be fed ants, wood lice, and small crickets. you won’t be able to tell it’s gender until it gets older and larger. males have a slightly discolored throats and are smaller than females

  325. isabella

    On July 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm



  326. Togot

    On July 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    isabella, the only thing i can think to add would be a hiding place, such as a piece of bark or rock

  327. isabella

    On July 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm


  328. raven

    On July 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i got babie toads and frogs ina tank together what should i do.

  329. Togot

    On July 30, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Isabella, I’m afraid I don’t participate in social gatherings, but I hope you have a good time.

    Raven, frogs and toads require different environments. If you click on my name, you will find my article on how to care for frogs.

  330. Catrina

    On August 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Togot, thanks for keeping up on this site. We live in NM and have saved two toad tadpoles from drying up in a parking lot. They are 4 week old toadlets now and eat fruit flies pretty well. They are still tiny, but fat and happy. They are outside in a 30 gal tub with dirt, plants, water, hiding places and a lid. My question is should we let them go for hibernation or keep them indoors for the winter?

  331. shirleymae

    On August 3, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    A toad got run over by a lawnmower 2 hours ago.It cut off both back legs and its butt.The intestines and all are visable because part of its sides are missing.The toad is still breathing and its eyes are open.It is alert and moves its eyes .I think it is suffering but I can not kill it to put it out of its misery.I put it unser some large leaves so it isnot in direct sun.How long will the toad live this way?

  332. Togot

    On August 4, 2009 at 3:40 am

    shirleymae, with such a serious injury, it probably won’t last until morning. a predator will most likely smell the blood and finish it off, if it doesn’t bleed to death first.

  333. amphibian luver

    On August 5, 2009 at 11:46 am

    i caught a toad and i want to keep him but i dont have a tank. i cant afford one either. What do i do ??? i really want to keep him.oh ya and he wont eat any of the grasshoppers i giive him.

  334. Togot

    On August 6, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Amphibian luver, in a pinch, a box or large bucket will do as a temporary home. although aquariums are the ideal norm, anything clean and large enough to accommodate him should do the job.

  335. Ella

    On August 10, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Ok…I caught a Toad like a week ago and in order to get my Toad food,I have to be driven down to my grandma’s because she has a pool and there are tons of live bugs there.But my mom said I can’t keep doing that.Plus,she said at the end of summer,I have to let Rocko go.Can’t I just buy bugs at a pet store?And I need some tips on what to feed toads.Flys,[Mine eats bees],Uh…I have a baby grasshopper,but I just can’t feed that to him.Harry’s so cute[baby grasshopper]But he needs to eat because he’s getting skinnier everyday.So I need tips.

    [[[[[If you give me useful tips on how to catch flies and feed them to Rocko,I will love you..xD]]]]]

  336. Togot

    On August 11, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Ella, you can buy small crickets at pet stores. woodlice under rocks and logs should also be fine. catching flies is very tricky and its hard to get enough to sustain a toad.

  337. bloatus the toadus

    On August 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I am a mom of 3 children and we have three little toads. what we have found to be neat to see is when you feed lightning bugs to your toad, its whole head lights up!! and our toad will eat a fresh killed fly if we move the fly around with a blade of grass. Picnic bugs, jumping spiders, flies, lightning bugs, ants-NOT red ones. Thats the only thing he’s picky on:) and they love to sit in the windowsill in stealth mode. We have one that has hardly any wart bumps and is almost black in color. and then one is a dark brown and the other is a greenish brown. they are tiny, but FAT!! what a bloat…

  338. bloatus the toadus

    On August 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Oh, and we keep ours in a clear plastic container that’s about a foot high. we change their dirt twice or three times a week (they poo ALOT) and give them fresh water everyday. we have a few rocks and also some grass or small weeds to hide under. toads are good climbers, so we don’t use long sticks cause we have no lid and they would get loose. but any time they have we check all the corners in the room and we find ‘em there. hope this info. helps someone! they are such a fun critter to care for. and I’ve NEVER been bitten or scratched…;)

  339. Poppyhop

    On August 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Help me! My toad’s toe started bleeding. it looks like the end of it was chopped off. I know bleeding can be fatal. How can I help him?

  340. Spottie116

    On August 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I have an american toad and it’s a girl but it’s really fat and i think it’s pregnat haw can i tell

  341. Togot

    On August 21, 2009 at 3:35 am

    poppyuhop, you can try putting a small section of paper towel to act as a bandage. it should dissolve over time without harming him.

    spottie116, toads don’t get pregnant the way mammals and reptiles do. without a male clasping onto her back, and a water source to lay eggs, you don’t need to do anything

  342. Eddie

    On August 25, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hello,Togot i just caught a baby toad last night i believe it is a Eastern American toad it was found a few blocks away from our house in the middle of a road so i scooped it up with my hand and took it home i but it in about a 6 gallon tank i put some spring water in the tank the whole middle is filled with water and the sides are pretty much dry he has been swimming alot and just sitting in the water last night i gave him 3 flies he ate them all and a small spider is that ok for him to be eating? he seemed to like it, he also has a large brink in the middle of the water so he can jump on it and sit insted of swimming and a few smaller rocks today, i found him under a rock and only part of his head out of the water now here are a couple of q’s if you can answer it would be really helpful as it is my first time caring for a toad.

    Should i take all the water out and replace it with dirt? if so should i do the whole tank or just the middle and leave the ends with nothing on it also should i put a water dish and some rocks and little like sticks and leaves in the tak for like little hiding spots?
    thanks Eddie

    P.S. here is a link the 1 and 3rd picture looks like my toad and is maybe just a little bit smaller or a little bit bigger
    just so you can really help me:-)
    ok thanks Eddie

  343. Togot

    On August 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Eddie, toads prefer dirt over water, so I would recommend changing your setup. An all dirt floor with a water dish and hiding place, usually a piece of bark or animal house from a pet store does just fine for toads. As for food, any insect or spider that they can eat should be fine for them. If they don’t like it they can spit it up again. Crickets and woodlice are always good, and for smaller toads, ants.

  344. Eddie

    On August 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Ok,great thanks it has been 3 days now are toad has not grown really but he ate 12 flys yesterday and 2 so far today:-) the middle is still filled with water and there is a brick in the middle he loves to be on that then both of the sides are filled with moist dirt and some rocks and tree bark and he seems to love that so i think me and my family will keep it like that for a few days and if it does not work we will deff try your advice thanks:-)
    also thanks about the food he can not even see the ants that we put in so i guess hes to big thanks so much Eddie

  345. toadluva10

    On August 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    togot,i got 3 new fowler toads today.i\\\’m worried bcause they wont eat.


  346. toadluva1011

    On August 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    togot,i got 3 new fowler toads today.i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m worried bcause they wont eat.


  347. toadluva10

    On August 29, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    togot im srry about the /’s its suposed to b im

  348. Crypt keeper

    On August 29, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    hey i found a smallish toad a little bigger than a quarter i think (i think its an american toad) about 3 days ago, i had him in a jar (about 5 inches by 5 inches with 6 holes in the lid) with some water and rocks for an overnight home….i bought a temporary home for him till i ask if i can keep him, its about 9 inches long by 5 inches wide and 6 inches high with a lid…its half rather large aquarium gravel and half water with a little shelter made from a jar lid….he has 2 crickets and a wingless fly as of now i fed him like 5 crickets in 1 day…how long can i keep him in there…i absolutely love toads and frogs and would love to have a new pet and when i get everything will a ten gallon be enough room for him? and if i happen to catch another toad will that be enough for them? email me back please

  349. Togot

    On August 30, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Toadluva1011, since they are new pets they may just be stressed. Keep providing them with crickets and such, and they should eat once they become comfortable with their new surroundings.

    Crypt keeper, although toads don’t need a lot of room, an aquarium would be best, so the sooner you can get him in one the better.

  350. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    togot, thank u so much for the advice, they are eating the meal worms i put in their container. how often are you suposed to clean the container and should i let them wander outside ?

    thanks so much,


  351. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    togot, my toads are growwing really slowly what should i do?! Also how often do u check this site?

    ur friend,


  352. Togot

    On August 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Toadluva1011, you shouldn’t have to clean his tank to often, about once a month should be fine. I don’t recommend letting them wander around outside because toads excel at camouflage, and if you take your eyes off of them, they might get away.

  353. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    togot, do u know what i should do about their short growing?

    also how often do u check this site

  354. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    togot, this blog is sooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!


  355. crypt keeper

    On August 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    i have moved my toad into a bigger tank and movedanother toad in his old cage but i have also caught a small bullfrog and i have a problem they havnt eaten lately i have given them each 2 or 3 slugs and some crickets and wingless flies but i havnt seen any gone yet and i know taod love to eat but im not sure about bullfrogs

  356. mathew

    On August 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    my names mathew i live in canada ontario the town of fort erie i found a toad and i am keeping him in a bucket with holes what else should i do to make his life happy

  357. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm


    My mom might make me take my frogs back because she thinks that they carry salmonela, is tthis true?



    :( :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

  358. Togot

    On August 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Toadluva1011, I’m not sure what you mean about short growing, but toads grow at a pretty steady rate. I try to check this site once a day, usually at about 3 am when I get off of work, but there are times I just can’t get to my computer. Toads can carry diseased, but if you wash your hands with antibacterial soap after you handle them, or their cages, you should be alright.

    Crypt keeper, the toads will eat when they are hungry so I wouldn‘t worry too much about that. As for bullfrogs, they require a different environment then toads and will eat anything smaller than themselves, including toads. They grow to be enormous, and get very noisy during the spring and summer months.

    Mathew, toads like dirt, and a water dish along with something to hide under. Though I do recommend that you look into getting a terrarium in the future.

  359. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    i have three fowler toads that r about the size of half dollars,they are happy, healthy and somewhat obediant. i keep them in a small container until i can find something bigger that i can is half filled with moist dirt from our backyard(not fertilized or sprayed with poisin to kill bugs), and there is a small dish shaped like a boomerang that i use for their water dish. i also put in a few small sticks and made a small hut for them to hide hibernate in/under. there were already small air slots so i made no holes. what do u think i need for them other than food stuff i just typed? srry i for got to log in and i dont want to have to type this all again.

    slightly happier,


  360. toadluva10

    On August 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    togot is there some way to get rid / protect my toads from diasease?

  361. crypt keeper

    On August 31, 2009 at 1:00 am

    one of my toads burried itself earlier does this mean anything other than he may be sleepy? i used half playsand and half cactus/palm planting soil as substrate is this okay? my other toad doesnt seem to like his hide cave that i made of a black plastic container should i use a different one?

  362. magin

    On August 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I found a frog or a toad but i dount know if its a frog or toad.If it is a toad what chould it look in its box? Chould you help me?

  363. Togot

    On September 1, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Toadluva, there aren’t any vaccinations that I am aware of for toads, but salmonella doesn’t affect them, they are simply carriers like turtles. You can use a vitamin supplement with their food for optimum health.

    crypt keeper, toads burry themselves to hide and ambush prey. It’s perfectly normal behavior. I honestly don’t know if cactus planting soil contains any pesticides or not so I’m afraid I can’t advise on that. For his home, you might try something more natural looking, mine always liked a large piece of tree bark.

    Magin, frogs have smooth, moist skin, and prefer to live in and near water. Toads are fat with rough warty skin, and like to live on land. I’m afraid I don’t know what your asking about the box

  364. toadluva10

    On September 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

    togot, can i get it from him/her or can ny1 get it from them?

  365. crypt keeper

    On September 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    how can i tell if my toads and bullfrog are eating? i do feel a little bad for taking them out of their habitat any ideas?

  366. Togot

    On September 2, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Toadluva, you can get sick if you handle a toad and eat food afterwards without washing your hands, but, as I said, you should wash your hands with antibacterial soap after you handle your pet or its environment to prevent this.

    crypt keeper, you can try putting them in a feeding container, or just setting up a chair and watching them for awhile after you place the food in with them. If they are hungry they should move after it almost immediately.

  367. toadluva10

    On September 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    togot, i have found someone that loves toads that will take in my toads if my mom makes me get rid of them she even has one herself!

  368. crypt keeper

    On September 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    i watched after i put sum slugs with my frogs and sure enough the bull frog snapped up the biggest one lol thnx togot but i do feel kinda bad about kepping them…..wut should i do about tht?

  369. toadluva10

    On September 3, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    togot, my mom says that the toads arent ganna hibernate and i really wanna keep them but i read through the blog and you said they have shorter life time then and i dont want that to happen. what should i do? if i put em back i might get an aquatic frog too.

    very depressed,toadluva10

  370. Togot

    On September 4, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Toadluva, toads which hibernate live longer than ones which don’t because they are in something of a state of suspended animation. However if this is something that bothers you, you can try to set up a place for him to stay outside in your yard

    crypt keeper, ultimately it is up to you whether or not you wish to keep them. You can try to make a habitat for them in your backyard to encourage them to stay so you can enjoy watching them in the wild, but this can be very difficult and expensive for the bullfrog.

  371. cryptkeeper

    On September 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    one of my toads is lookin thin i think the other toad is eating everything…..i kno very well that a fat toad is happy and healthy, but im not sure how to get him to eat….and i dnt want 2 hurt him tring to feed him wut can i do?

  372. toadman

    On September 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    does any body have advice on geting my toad to live longer i got him at a river near me

  373. toadman

    On September 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    today i remodoled his tank with mosshe is going in to it like asleeping bag he is happy with that

  374. toadman

    On September 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    cryptkeeper,you can take the thinner one outand feed him seprate

  375. toadluva10

    On September 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    toadman u can make it live longr by lettin it hibernate in the winter. if u dont make it hibernate than it lives shorter.

    Togot, (or nyone with advice)
    Im really scared, my brothers 2 toads are growing but my 1 isnt i make sure they all get at least 1 mealworm but usually 2 is what they each eat. i feed them twice a day what do u sugest i do?

  376. toadman

    On September 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    i got him at a river and if i put him back theres not much of a canch i will get him agin can i do it in my house my room gets cool in winnter

  377. toadluva10

    On September 6, 2009 at 10:05 am

    toadman yes u can, also u canput the container that hes in outside (by the way read the intire blog you can learn allot from it.

  378. cryptkeeper

    On September 6, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    i dont think my toads like me….they will not eat in front of me and one of them burries him self like all day so wut can i do?

  379. toadman

    On September 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    is there a possible way to do it in my house

  380. Togot

    On September 9, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Toadluva, chances are the smaller one is a male. If you are making sure they are all eating it’s the only reason I can think of for one to be smaller than the others.

    Crypt keeper, this is natural until they get used to you. They think you might eat them so they stay relatively still so as not to draw attention to themselves. Just stay in the room with them for a little bit each day until they realize you aren’t a threat, and when they get hungry enough, they will eat. Chances are one of your toads is eating all the food before the other. Try separating them during feeding times.

    Toadman, you would have to make sure the soil was deep enough, and lower the temperature enough which would be rather difficult because it would be below human comfort levels.

  381. grammagoose

    On September 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I have a toad that I rescued from outside after being hit with the weedwhacker. He/she is fine now but is pretty much tame and part of our family now. I know they are supposed to hibernate in the winter. What do I do when winter comes? Will he/she be fine in the house?

  382. Togot

    On September 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Shotyouth, remember that to a toad you are just some big animal with a mouth large enough to swallow them whole, and being lifted into the air can be a very stressful experience for them. Try just sitting next to the tank and make sure they know that you bring their food. Let them get used to your presence so they understand you don’t want to eat them before you try to handle them too much. Then set up a towel on your lap and let them sit on you. If you don’t do anything too threatening, they shouldn’t have cause to try and escape. As for feeding, I’ve never known a toad to eat itself to death. If a toad or frog eats anything they don’t like, or too much I suppose, they can actually throw up their entire stomachs and get rid of it. They can do this because they don’t really have necks, so you shouldn’t worry about over feeding. Just make sure to add the occasional vitamin supplement to balance out their diet and they should be fine.

  383. cryptkeeper

    On September 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    how big will my toads get? one is about an inch 1/4 and the other is bout 2 inches long….i been feeding them waxworms is this ok? and i also have 2 new salamanders : )

  384. Togot

    On September 25, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Cryptkeeper, your toads should grow to about the size of an adult fist, though males are a little smaller. waxworms should be fine, just remember to add a vitamin supliment every now and them

  385. crypt keeper

    On September 27, 2009 at 12:04 am

    ive heard that i can coat the wax worms in chalk and it will b better for my toads is this true??

  386. brad

    On September 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    my daughter left a few toads in a bucket for much of the day and most died. The ones that didn’t seemed dry and very slow. When I put them back in their tub they began slowly digging into the mud. Did they die from a lack of moisture? It was 65 degrees and breezy out, I wouldn’t of thought they would dry out so quickly.

  387. brad

    On September 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    my daughter left a few toads in a bucket for much of the day and most died. The ones that didn\’t seemed dry and very slow. When I put them back in their tub they began slowly digging into the mud. Did they die from a lack of moisture? It was 65 degrees and breezy out, I wouldn\’t of thought they would dry out so quickly.

  388. Togot

    On September 29, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Crypt keeper, I believe chalk is poisonous to amphibians, so I can’t recommend it.

    Brad, it’s possible they were already dehydrated before being put in the bucket. How did they act when you found them? Was there anything in the bucket before them that they might have absorbed through their skin?

  389. Ripple

    On September 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I’ve had our 3 toads for just over a year now and they’ve been happy and healthy. Recently I noticed one if them was getting skinny and lethargic. It’s eyes were clear and seemed OK otherwise- no markings or anything noteworthy. I watched him for the past 2 weeks and he was not eating when I put crickets in the tank (all 3 will usually go right into hunt mode). It barely moved when I inspected it.
    It died overnight.
    The other 2 seem completely fine. One of them is even twice the size it was last year.
    Anyway I will want to replace it. Should I quarantine a new toad in it’s own container for a week before adding it to the tank with the other 2? It will likely come from the banks of the lake where the other 2 came from.

  390. Togot

    On October 3, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Ripple, it’s always a good idea to quarantine new animals for a few days before introducing them to your other animals

  391. farleytoad

    On October 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I am from montana and was wondering what should i do about my toad? Should i put him outside to hibernate or keep him inside? I don’t want to kill him but im not sure what to do.


  392. farleytoad

    On October 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    im from montana and was wondering if i should keep him inside or outside for outside?

  393. Togot

    On October 6, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Farley toad, I’m afraid that’s a personal choice for you. If you keep him inside his overall lifespan will be shortened because toads are in a form of suspended animation during hibernation, but if you put him outside and the conditions inside his tank are inadequate he could freeze to death. I’ve never had my toad hibernate because I did not want to risk it, although she does become less active during those winter months.

  394. Concerned Mama

    On October 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Togot, hello, and thank you for your blog. I am impressed that you have kept up the answering of questions for so long. I read through much of it, but didn’t find quite what I was looking for. We have an American Toad my two sons caught about four months ago in late spring. He/She is now about two inches long head to rump. He was being fed just about anything my children could find in the back yard and loving it. As the weather began turning cooler (I’m from the upper Midwest), we turned to the local petshop for crickets and Giant Mealworms. (Per their recommendation). For two weeks the toad seemed to be doing fine. However, the past few days he is not eating the crickets, nor the mealworms. I know this, as we feed him at a set time daily, and the food is still there the next day. The mealworms are even getting enough time to crawl away and drown themselves in the toads water dish. Our toad is also just keeping himself buried, and not moving much. My sons even cradled him out of his spot (so as not to injure him), and he buried himself again almost immediately. The weather IS turning cool here, and the boys bedroom is about 58-60 degrees. (Yes, we keep our house cool when it gets cool. ) Is it possible that the toad is beginning a hibernation process even though it is still that warm? I’m just concerned about him/her not eating. I’d appreciate your feedback. (We also have a Southern leopard frog, which is rare in our area that my children love to care for. I think the toad is my favorite though. He’s so cute! Just think Wind in the Willows! )

  395. Togot

    On October 8, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Concerned Mama, it sounds like his metabolism might be slowing down. Mine also does this even though I keep my room warm, as do my turtles. Animals caught in the wild develop a natural rhythm which they may follow even without cooler temperatures. Make sure to keep the soil relatively moist so he can absorb water through his skin, and try no to disturb him too often. You should still put food in every now and then in case he comes out of it, but I don’t recommend trying to handle him again until he becomes active as it will deplete his energy reserves he has built up to last through this period.

  396. Concerned Mama

    On October 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Thank you very much, Togot. That is very helpful to know. He seems to be okay as far as respiration rate, clear eyes, etc. He hasn’t been to his water bowl in a few days either, so we have been spraying his soil every few days. We will make sure to continue spraying his soil and not handle him. He has a few lady bugs and a couple of mealworms in there, so we’ll just be watching – and not handling him! I really appreciate your response! Blessings!

  397. Nichole

    On October 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

    My pet american toad (Mater) shares a tank with my bull frog, and they are always sitting next to eachother and they are both very active. Last night i realized something was wrong with Mater he wasnt moving as much as usual and he looked slimey, witch he usualy doesnt look this way. Ive had many pet toads and frogs through out my life and usually i catch them in the spring or summer then let them go before winter so they can hibernate. But i decided to keep these for good. When i realized someting was wrong i thought he mite be hungry, so i put ckrickets in there, he ignored them, when usually he would eat them in a hurry. so i picked him up and set im faceing the ckrickets, he fell over in his dirt and then layed back down. So when i got up this morning he had moved some but just about an inch, and he apeared not to be breating but as i picked im up and held him he began blinking, and it looked as if he swallowed really hard he blinks randomly now but still is not moving at all, and his skin is very dry. what do i do?

  398. Togot

    On October 15, 2009 at 3:52 am

    Nichole, this doesn’t sound like hibernation behavior. I believe your pet may be ill. my advise is to seek out a specialist vet and have him looked at.

  399. toadluva

    On October 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Dear Togot my toads have been digging into the dirt wiht their hind legs and disapearing into the dirt. Is this their way of hiber nating?


  400. Togot

    On October 19, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Toadluva, it is possible, but you should still moisten teh soil and drop in the occasional cricket just to be safe

  401. Nikki

    On October 31, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Hi Togot!
    First, I wanted to thank you so much for this information. It’s great and has helped me and my toad so much. =)
    I found my Eastern American Toad about five months ago. He’s doing wonderfully in a 20gal tank and is very fat/healthy and is actually pretty large in size (definitely not a baby) He’s probably doubled in size since when I first took him in (although, he never was all that small when I first found him to begin with). I was wondering though, is there any way for me to tell roughly how old he is?

  402. Togot

    On November 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Nikki I’m afraid judging a toads age is not easy. If it’s large it is probably about two years old or more. Toads grow at different rates depending on how much food they get, so it’s really just a matter of best guess.

  403. Rosie

    On November 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, i have been reading your messages and was wondering if you could help me. I have a pet toad that seemed happy and healthy, but a month or so ago he seemed to be chirping more than usual when i touched him, which made me worry if there was something wrong with him. Then a couple of days ago i noticed his belly was swollen on the right side and he seems to be lying flat at times, and he is more lethargic than usual. I have done some reading and i think he may have swallowed some of his substrate, i used wood chippings recommended by my local pet shop i also put some sphagnum moss in for him to bury himself under but from doing some research i now know to avoid wood chips of any kind and not to risk using moss because he may ingest some and it leading to impaction – when their intestines get blocked – which may kill them. This is what i believe may be the problem with my toad, he will still eat from my hand but struggles to catch his own food. I have decided to fast him for 48 hours in the hope that he will pass the blockage but i don’t think he has pooped in days is there anything you can recommended that may help him get better, I read aquarium salt or melifix might help, but from what i have read it does not look good for him, the swelling isn’t that big but if he doesn’t pass the blockage himself i don’t know what to do, taking him to the vets for an operation is not an option for me, thanks for reading, Rosie

  404. Togot

    On November 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Rosie, I’m afraid that surgery would be my only recommendation as I know of no other way to solve compaction which I agree is probably the problem. You can try feeding him smaller food items in the hopes it will pass more easily, but there is a chance that this condition could kill him.

  405. Ariel Rupp-Zimmerman

    On December 2, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Hey Togot, I am 13 years old and my mom\’s friend gave me a toad and I name her roxy and she is about 2 and a half inches and I was wondering how big of a cage should I put her in?
    And also do toads require dirt in their cage?

  406. Togot

    On December 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Ariel Rupp-Zimmerman, Although you don’t need dirt, I find it is one of the best substrates for toads. They like to dig into it as long as it’s moist, and a ten gallon terrarium should make a good home that your pet can grow into

  407. Ariel

    On December 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Togot, I have an american toad and I was wondering if it was possible to develop an allergy to them cause the last time I picked the toad up, after a few seconds my hand started to get itchy and get red dots on it, let me know.
    Thanks *_*

  408. Togot

    On December 14, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Ariel, I’ve honestly never heard of anyone being allergic to a reptile, but I suppose it’s possible. In any case I suggest you try to avoid handling your pet with bare skin contact again

  409. toadluva

    On December 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Dear togot,
    My toads are doing great i’ve been feeding them mealworms and they are FAT!!!

    Happily yours,
    (P.S. my mom says it got too cold to make me let my toads go)

  410. toadluva

    On December 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Dear togot,
    My toads are doing great ive been feeding them mealworms and they are FAT!!!

    Happily yours,
    (P.S. my mom says it got too cold to make me let my toads go)

  411. Boris

    On December 30, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Yeah, it does get cold at night. Not much going on on this here sight in the cold months. See yall later!

  412. toadluva

    On January 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm


    my toads are good!


  413. toadluva

    On January 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    i have realized that my toads must be happy because they dont jump into the walls anymore.

  414. reptilefreak

    On February 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Togot do you know anything about geckos? Just wondering because i have asked you about my toad i used to have and you gave me lots of good info…..

  415. Togot

    On February 14, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    reptile freak, I have written a care sheet for leopard geckos. You should be able to find it if you click on my name.

  416. reptile freak

    On February 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thanks Togot. I found your page and you told me that they shed which is maybe what mine is doing. It looks very pale and the skin is flaky looking. Does this mean she might shed???????

  417. Togot

    On February 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    reptile freak, Most likely. Try misting him lightly with a spray bottle and provide a wet box to soften up his skin. Adding a rock or piece of bark to the tank for him to rub against will also help him in the shedding process.

  418. Lee

    On February 19, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hello I work in a factory here in Ontario Canada and this factory is full of harmful chemicals ,because we chrome bumpers and wheels for cars.. Well I work in ventalation and we have these big slush pits were all the dirt and chemicals go well to my surprise i found a toad, he was sceen on and off now for about three months.. I thought we was dead after we had a flood a few weeks ago but he survived!! So I took him home.. I am sruprised he lived in such and bad place but its the middle of winter and I need some help making him a home until we can release him in the spring? please help thanks

  419. Togot

    On February 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Lee, Just look at the tank setup section and that should tell you most of what you need to know. If you have any specific questions not answered there than ask and I’ll try to answer as best I can.

  420. emi

    On March 1, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Hi Togot – Thanks for all of the info, it is really helpful. I have two female toads, Lily who is an American Toad and Eva who I think is a Fowler’s/American Toad mix. Lily looks to be a healthy size, but Eva is ENORMOUS. Is it really true that being huge is actually healthy for toads? She is incredibly fat, and it worries me.

    Also, how did you cultivate your relationship with your toads? I’ve had these two for about a year and a half, and although they are used to me coming over to their terrarium, they still spook pretty easily.

    One more thing – I disagree about toads not enjoying water. I have a small pool in their terrarium and Lily LOVES to go swimming. She is definitely more active than Eva, hence the weight problem…

  421. Togot

    On March 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Emi, to my knowledge toads don’t suffer any ill effects from being fat, but if it is a concern you can limit how much you feed yours. Just remember that a skinny toad is NOT a healthy one. If yours starts to look thin, feed it more. I put a towel in my lap and let my toad sit on it while I watch TV, type on the computer, or play video games. It helped her get used to me. Although toads do like small pools of water, I’ve never seen one want to go into a dish deep enough to suspend them before. Toads aren’t built for swimming as much as frogs are, but some animals have quirks just as humans do. One of my sisters cats loves water and sleeps in her sink.

  422. toadluva

    On March 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    hay togot!!!

    thank god winter is almost over!!! i cnt wait to take my toads on a walk.

  423. Annie

    On March 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks, Togot, for the blog. Unfortunately I found it too late. My son brought a baby toad home from the street last July, and he lived until today. I fell in love with that fat little toad and did everything I could to care for it, but I’ve known for a week or two now that he was dying. Every day has been torture. I found your blog today and read it top to bottom, and learned that I made some mistakes. I’m devastated that I didn’t do everything right, and give him a longer life, but I’m also so glad we were able to have him as long as we did. (My kids mostly forgot about him after a couple of months, but I visited with him daily, fed him, looked after his environment, and took the best care of him I could.) The street my son found him on had thousands of baby toads hopping in puddles, and cars killing them by the minute, so I comforted myself knowing his odds weren’t better in his “natural” habitat. We also live in Chicago, where the winter is deadly. Still, I am heartbroken. Thanks for your blog.

  424. toadluva

    On March 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    dear togot do you know anything about lepard gekos? we just got 1 and i need to know how to take care of it


  425. Togot

    On March 20, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Toadluva, yes i have written a care sheet for them. You should be able to find the article by clicking on my name.

  426. emi

    On March 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    hey toadluva – how do you take your toads for a walk?

  427. Brenda Nelson

    On March 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

    In most areas of the world, certainly Canada, and the USA, it is illegal to catch and keep any wild frog or toad for more than 24 hours. Important to leave them alone in the wild. If people want pet toads they should buy them from a pet store.

  428. TORI

    On March 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm


  429. Togot

    On March 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Tori, as much as they will eat

  430. Emily J.

    On April 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Dear Togot,
    I want to thank you for this awesome information!!!! I live in rural Ohio, with a bunch of American toads living in my front yard, because there is a pond in my front yard. Anyways, I was just needed one question to be answered…Is there any harmful bugs for toads to eat??

  431. Togot

    On April 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Emily, insects with bright colored spots are probably toxic, however most predators instinctively know this and won’t eat them. If a toad or frog does swallow a poisonous insect by mistake, they will quickly spit it up, and in bad cases the toad can actually throw up its entire stomach to whip off the poison. They can do this because they don’t have much of a neck. Crickets you get from the store, earth worms, and wood lice are all safe meals for a toad and should be relatively easy to obtain.

  432. mealworm

    On April 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

    i have a fat female bufo bufo currently in a 5 gal tank soil base ivy for cover and water bowl. i also have a reptile water dish for the mealworms and crickets i feed her. ive had her for around 5 days and she has begun eating tons like she should i will regually update.


    On April 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    yeah she hadnt really eat that much but tonight ate 50 mealworms!!!!! Excessive huh? still….keeps her happy and healthy.Im saving up for a half log and get a bigger enclosure.oh and i got all my best info from this site its great =D and my female is like……7-9cm long and 3-4.5cm wide….is that big?

  434. Mahmoud

    On April 30, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Dear Togot, i was wondering when and where i should catch toads or frogs, i live in ontario so please help me look for a place!

  435. Mahmoud

    On April 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    how can i make a trap to catch toads?

  436. jipsy

    On May 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    can my toad live in a bucket

  437. jipsy

    On May 2, 2010 at 11:51 am

    hey it look like my toad dosent open his mouth is that possible

  438. jipsy

    On May 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    my toad is trynig to eat but the bugs r too big for him i tryed feeding him worms and he tryed eating them but then they buried themselves.then when i put roly polys in there he spit them back out and i cant find any thing else for him too eat wat should i do

  439. Togot

    On May 3, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Mahmoud, you can find toads and frogs in the spring and summer. Frogs like water sources, and toads prefer wooded areas with damp earth. They hide under logs and rocks. Though not exactly a trap, you can create an area that attracts toads buy digging a small hole and filling it with leaf litter and some water to make it damp. Many houses have areas similar to this at basement windows, and toads seem attracted to them.

    Jipsy, a bucket is alright for temporary transportation, but a proper terrarium is better for the animal’s long-term health. If he can’t open his mouth, his jaw may be broken. You can try ants, beetles, just about anything smaller than his head that crawls. You can try putting him in a bucket so the worms can’t dig into anything.

  440. Elizabeth

    On May 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    My six year old brother caught what we have (at best informed guess) discovered is a female Fowler’s Toad. We’re trying to build it a habitat, but the only thing we have is a six inch long by six inch high by four inchwide ‘bug keeper’. It has a latch top with a feeding hole and air holes and etc., and we’ve put soil in it from the yard and given it water and a few rocks and some bark to hide under.
    The problem is that we don’t live by the lake Jonathan caught it at, and we’re not sure if we should keep the habitat out of the sunlight or if there are any bugs we should avoid feeding it. He wants to give it ants and boxelder bugs because they are easy to find. Any suggestions?

  441. Elizabeth

    On May 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    My six year old brother caught what we have (at best informed guess) discovered is a female Fowler\’s Toad. We\’re trying to build it a habitat, but the only thing we have is a six inch long by six inch high by four inch wide \’bug keeper\’. It has a latch top with a feeding hole and air holes and etc., and we\’ve put soil in it from the yard and given it water and a few rocks and some bark to hide under.
    The problem is that we don\’t live by the lake Jonathan caught it at, and we\’re not sure if we should keep the habitat out of the sunlight or if there are any bugs we should avoid feeding it. He wants to give it ants and box-elder bugs because they are easy to find. Any suggestions?

  442. Mahmoud

    On May 4, 2010 at 7:27 am

    thanks for the help Togot.
    I have a hole under the basement window filled with rocks and I
    check everyday to see if there are any toads but there never are.
    But i think i’ll try digging a small hole and filling it with leaf litter.
    one more question, what is leaf litter exactly?

  443. Elizabeth

    On May 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Hi, Jonathan’s toad won’t bury herself at all, she likes to sit on top of the bark instead of underneath it. I think she’s a baby, she’s only like an inch long. Do we need a bigger habitat for her? Is the ground too damp? Why won’t she crawl in the dirt at all?

  444. Togot

    On May 5, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Elizabeth, you might want to get a larger enclosure, but the reason she isn‘t burring in the dirt may simply be that she doesn’t feel the need to. Toads can eat crickets, most beetles, ants, and worms. If you can’t find these in your yard, you can get crickets at most pet stores. I know that my toad never ate box elder bugs, and I think they may be toxic.

    Mahmoud, leaf litter is just dead leaves that small animals can hide in.

  445. Elizabeth

    On May 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Jonathan named his toad “Ribbit the Toad”. If she hangs around for a while and starts getting bigger then we’ll probably buy her a bigger habitat, but money’s tight right now. We might just have to improvise. He also says thank you for telling him what bugs to catch and feed her.

  446. Stacy

    On May 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Togot, my name is Stacy and I have has three toads for about a year now (two huge ones and one baby.) My fiance brought them home when he found them at the golf course he works at. They seem to be very happy in their 55 gallon tank with moss (recomended from the pet store), water bowl, ceramic logs and rock houses. However recently I’ve noticed that one of them has been making noises a lot, turning black (even when the tank light is on, they usually become lighter beige when it’s on) and laying flat either on the glass bottom of the tank or in its’ water bowl. This is definitely odd behavior for Toadfrey and I’m concerned. Do you have any idea what might be wrong woth him?

  447. Elizabeth

    On May 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I took the bark out of Ribbit’s tank, because all her bugs would go hide in it and she wouldn’t eat them, and when I looked in this morning she had buried herself in the dirt! I was so proud…But is she supposed to bury herself like an inch into the dirt?

  448. Togot

    On May 11, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Stacy, he may be a male starting puberty. Toads, like frogs call to each other.

    Elizabeth, toads will sometimes burry themselves completely. The deeper they go, the less likely they’ll be hurt if someone steps on their hiding place.

  449. Elizabeth

    On May 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Okay, thanks.
    We’re having trouble getting Ribbit to eat…she won’t go near rolly-pollies anymore, and we’re having little luck getting more than a couple little caterpillars (they’re small and brown and she loves them) and spiders a day. I’m worried that she’s not getting enough, ’cause when we put something in her habitat that she will eat, she snaps it up almost instantly.
    Can she eat the little yellow ants my mom found? There are plenty of those but I’m worried about toxicity…
    The other thing is that she moves her…throat?…a lot. But doesn’t make any sounds, it’s just going in and out really fast. It’s not like a bullfrog that bulges out, it’s this little membrane under her mouth and above her belly that just…jumps in and out, and I’m wondering what that’s about?

  450. Trev

    On May 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I have caught seven toads by this one pond but not at the same time But these toads all died and r the only toads that I have ever kept that have died

  451. danni

    On May 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    i have recently caught this frog and its brown and has large black eyes. do you know what kind it is?

  452. danni

    On May 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    i have 18 wood frogs in a 20 gal tank. is that too many? also i caught toad tadpoles from my pond and put them with my bullfrog tadpoles now all the toad tadpoles r dead. could this be because of the bigger tadpoles?

  453. Togot

    On May 18, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Elizabeth, the ants should be fine for her to eat. The throat thing is perfectly normal. Toads often do this when they are excited, much like a dog wagging its tail. You can also try getting crickets from a pet store, or worms from outside.

    Danni, I’m afraid I can’t identify it from that description, but perhaps this website will help. It’s possible that the bullfrogs killed them. They are a rather aggressive species, especially when they mature.

  454. Elizabeth

    On May 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    She does the throat thing all the time. What on earth could be so exciting about sitting in a plastic habitat all day long? :P
    Thanks for the info!

  455. Elizabeth

    On May 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Jonathan just found another toad, this one looks almost exactly like Ribbit except where Ribbit is kind of a yellow color, Joe (as Jonathan named it) is dark brown/black with kind of a lighter pattern.
    We’re worried about putting them in the habitat, so we have Joe in a glass jar for now (we made sure he has fresh air). There are a few rolly pollies and a small spider in there, but he’s spending more time doing acrobatics in the jar than eating. When we got Ribbit she was nervous, but calm, however, she’d been in human custody for a day already. Joe is acting completely different–will he calm down after a bit, do you think?
    Joe is also very thin, especially compared to Ribbit, and we’re worried.
    P.S. Ribbit won’t eat the canned crickets my mom bought…and those things are bloomin’ HUGE!

  456. danni

    On May 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    k thanks for the information

  457. ben

    On May 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hi im 14 i found a toad out in my yard, he/ she is kinda got a big belly but he seems happy in where im keeeping him. Its a crate( pretty good size) with very small holes in it. I filed it up with moist dity from my woods. I put in a few rocks and a peice of bark and i have a water dish level with the dirt. The water in it is from my creek(is that ok to use creek water) And i have a peice of wood cover the crate. does this sound good. I also put some grass and leafs in there to make it more like his habitat

  458. Elizabeth

    On May 28, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Togot, I think Ribbit changes color! She was really light tan, and now she’s just as dark as Joe! What’s up with that? Is this a normal toad thing? Is Joe gunna do it too?

  459. ben

    On May 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    by the way how can i tell if my toad is a he or she, i named it Chester cuz i think its a guy

  460. New toad keeper

    On May 29, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    today i caught a toad in my papas yard (i am ten) and my brother sister and me want to keep it. we named her sunshine. i need to know just how easy it is to keep them. OTHERWISE MY DAD WILL LET HER LOOSE IN OUR POND!!! can you reply real soon so i can keep her? thanks i know you wont let me down!

  461. new toad keeper

    On May 29, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    never mind im keepin her, info on how to keep her and helpful tips? please i need some. ( i m gonna change my name)

  462. Elizabeth

    On May 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    So Joe just got really REALLY slimy, and was eating something black and gooey. It didn’t look big enough to be one of the nightcrawlers, and there are still four crickets in there (we put four in yesterday). What could be up with him, and why aren’t they eating the crickets?

  463. Togot

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Elizabeth, He should settle down after a week or two. Toads caught in the wild take a little time to acclimate to their new situation. It sounds like he shed his skin. Toads eat their skin when they shed it. His color should be a bit brighter now. When it became dark it was a sign that this was about to happen.

  464. Togot

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Ben, that sounds fin, and males have a throat that is a slightly different color than the rest of their underbelly, usually a yellow or tannish color

  465. Togot

    On May 31, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    New toad keeper, all the information you need is in the article above, and if you do reels it, don’t put it in the pond but rather in the shade new a wooded area. Most toads prefer the land.

  466. toehead

    On June 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Togot, i caught four toads, so i put some moist dirt(it rained last night in wi.) a cat dish with water in it, and half a plastic cup for shade. tell me if i need anymore. I was also wondering if toads will eat beatles that are in the water. i am 12, and i like to catch little critters

  467. toehead

    On June 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    togot, do toads like to eat dragonflies cause i caught one in my pool

  468. toehead

    On June 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Dude!!!!!!!!!! I just watched my toads eat some worms, and it was so cool!!!!!!!!!!!! and, togot do toads eat slugs cause mine don’t

  469. Togot

    On June 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Toehead, sounds like a decent enough setup. Toads don’t need special lighting, as long as you remove chlorine from any tap water, it should be alright. Toads like to eat anything non-toxic that they can catch, so I imagine they would like one, though I’m not sure if they are fast enough to get them in the wild. Toads can eat slugs, though their slimy coating might make it difficult.

  470. danielle

    On June 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    i have recently caught this frog in michigan and i dont know what kind it is. it is darker in color and has really big eyes. i have looked in many books and on the internet but i still cant find out what kind it is.please help!!!!!!!!

  471. danielle

    On June 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    i found this toad in texas and i live in ohio would it hurt to take him home out of his native range?

  472. Davies

    On June 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    hey togot
    i just got two eastern american toads
    your website helped alot
    i just want to know if toads can have a small lamp or heat lamp on them
    they have a log to hide under
    will the light harm them
    also, will adult toads eat spiders and ants

  473. toehead

    On June 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Togot, thnxs for the tips this article helped alot. i released all our toads except the biggest

  474. AIR

    On June 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I have a question…I have a couple toads that hang around my backyard. well today I was weed eating and didn’t see the toad and accidently chopped a toads foot off weed eating. Will it be able to survive with out a foot? I really dont want it to die as I like being able to go outside and watch them. Anything I can do to help it?

  475. ToadMom

    On June 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    We recently caught and are keeping 3 toads as pets (Toady, Hoppity and Mr. Toad). Today my husband came home and we found that our suspicions were correct and Mr Toad is definitely a female and Toady is definitely interested. The information above has helped us out a lot and we were just wondering if we need to do anything special now that there may be tadpoles on the way? I\’ve read that they will need a larger body of water since they have a very shallow dish right now, but is there anything else we can do to make this a little better for poor Mr Toad? Anything special we need to know about caring for tadpoles? I\’d appreciate any help.

  476. Eddie14

    On June 7, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Hello Togot,I think it is amazing you are still helping people like 3 years later.Anyways me and my family were on a long walk in the woods and found this medium sized pool of water with about 3000 tadpoles in it so we scooped a few up (we got 8) and took them home.That was about 2 weeks ago we watched them get back legs then front and then lose there tail! it was very exciting to watch (as I have never raised tadpoles before).We have kept 3 of the toads and released the other 5 back in the woods. I have one my sister has 1 and my dad has 1.I have mine in about a 3 gallon tank (is that enough space for a american toad) ? I have moist dirt bout 3 inches high with a shallow plastic container full of water (dirt level) with some sticks a rock to hide under and thats really it is that setup Okay for him? Also I have had him about a week now and he is still about as big as a dime he seems to be healthy (always jumping around and digging in the dirt) I have not fed him many things but I did get him about 30 small red ants and he ate them all the other day.And I think he has been getting bugs from the dirt (as I have seen really tiny ones in the dirt) am I doing everything right?



    P.S.sorry for long message!

    P.S.S.also when we went up to release the other toads that water has dried up it was 90’s all week with no rain ;( so I am happy we saved 8 :) I also live in PA and have no money to buy anything!

  477. guy

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:33 am

    can baby toads eat fire ants? i live in texas and idk if they are bad for them or not because they can hurt humans then cant they hurt toads?

  478. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Danielle, I’m afraid I can’t identify the species based on that description. Here’s a site that might help you.
    As long as you provide him with a decent environment, he should do just fine.

  479. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Davies, toads don’t need a heat source. Room temperature is just fine for them. Having a regular house lamp near them shouldn’t be a problem, but be sure that their soul is moist and water dish is full to ensure that it doesn’t dry them out. Toads will eat just about anything that moves large enough to catch their attention.

  480. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    AIR, toads spend a lot of their time buried or stationary. They rely on camouflage and their poison more than mobility, so as long as the wound doesn’t become infected, or it doesn’t bleed to death, it might survive. You could try keeping it indoors as a pet to ensure predators don’t get him, or just clean the wound and keep him until it heals and then release him in a hidden spot to give him the best chance.

  481. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    ToadMom, put in a larger water container than the dish, but something the toads can still climb into and out of easily. Make sure the chlorine has been removed just like their normal water. Once the eggs are laid, take the container out and have a small aquarium ready , ten gallon should be more than enough for one toad’s offspring, and you don‘t have to fill it all the way. Make sure to remove the chlorine in advance and have the water ready at least 24 hours in advance so the temperature should be about the same as the water containing the eggs when you put them in. Don’t use a filter as it may suck up the eggs or the babies after they hatch. When they do hatch, they will not move around much for about a week, and they will be very tiny. Give them some rocks and such as hiding places, maybe some dead vegetation or even live water plants if you like. You can feed them a number of things including floating algae balls, goldfish flake food, pond floating pellet food, and algae tablets made for plecostomus catfish. I’ve even heard that they like cheerios, but I’ve never tried them. You will need an air pump to oxygenate the water, and because you can’t use a filter, change out about a third of the water every week, and give them a turtle dock that they can climb onto when they start developing lungs. Most fish won’t eat toad tadpoles because they taste bad, but there’s no sense in taking the risk.
    Once the toads have all left the water, you can release them into a wooded area where they can boost the local population. Keep the tank handy for next year as you might get another batch of babies.

  482. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Eddie14, sounds like you are doing a very good job. That much room should be fine for a baby toad. You might want to start saving up for a larger tank down the road when it starts to grow though.

  483. Togot

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Guy, I’m afraid I have no experience with fire ants myself, so I’m not sure. You can try feeding your pet only a few of them at a time. I believe the main problem with fire ant attacks is the number of them stinging a person, or the person having an allergic reaction to their venom.

  484. Danielle

    On June 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    do u hav any other websites that could help me find out what kind of frog i have?

  485. Eddie14

    On June 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Hello again Togot,thanks so much I am glad I am doing everything right I did a lot of research :D and would hate for it to die on me.Today my sister was feeding her toad and as it was in the container eating stuff it flipped over on its back and did not move or breathe for about 5 minutes so my sistered thought it had died but after about 8 minutes it started jumping around like nothing had happened (and pooped) we put it back in the container and it is doing the same thing then snaps out of it what could be the problem? her toads name is Mary.BTW mine is doing great ate a lot more bugs today

  486. davies

    On June 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    hey togot
    thanks for posting back
    i have a few more qquestions
    my toads spend most of their time in a hollowed out log in their tank
    is this normal
    also, how do you catch large ants( for the toads to eat)
    and my toads have changed color
    the female one has gotten lighter and the ale one has gone from a light tan color to almost black
    are they ok

  487. Eddie14

    On June 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hello Togot,I am afraid my sisters toad Mary died in the night ;( but mine and my dads are great yet :) @davies I can help you with your questions as I have caught and raised toads for like 3 years.Yes toads love to hide so that is normal.You can try and put sugar in a container by where there is some of ants and come back in a hour and you should have a good few.Yes the 1 that is brighter probably just got done shedding and the 1 that is almost black is about to he will get real slimy and start eating his skin when he gets brighter again he has new skin :D

    hope I helped

  488. Togot

    On June 9, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Eddie14, sorry to hear about your sister’s pet, I’ve honestly never seen or heard of a toad doing that before. I searched on the internet and asked around, but I’m afraid I couldn’t find any answers about this behavior.

  489. davies

    On June 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

    how can you tell how old a toad is

  490. davies

    On June 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    also, how deep of a water bowl should my toads have
    they r each about 2 inches tall
    i have a four inch deep water bowl for them and they seem to like it

  491. brennerm2

    On June 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Ok hi my little brother just caught a toad and im wondering if it needs a heatlamp of anything of that nature thank you.

  492. Togot

    On June 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Davies, afraid there’s no way that I know of to tell a toad’s age. As long as your toda can climb out of the dish, it doesn’t matter how deep it is.

  493. Togot

    On June 14, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Brennerm2, No, you don’t need a heat lamp for toads. They do fine at room temperature.

  494. Caiti

    On June 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I have a male american toad I caught yesterday. He’s doing this weird thing where he drags his legs up and over his back, and opening his mouth really wide periodically and then shutting it… I think there’s also something on his face… is he freaking out or just grooming himself? also he appears very damp and slimey all of a sudden. Should I be worried? could it be a reaction to the water i’ve provided him with? i tried to use dehumidifier water.

  495. danni

    On June 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    i need help to find out what kind of frog i have. do know of any websites i could use?

  496. Togot

    On June 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Caiti, he is just shedding his skin. toads eat their shed skin, and become wet and a brighter color afterwards. there is nothing to worry about.

  497. Caiti

    On June 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    oh geeze lol ok well I feel dumb. Thanks so much for your help! :)

  498. crystal

    On June 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    i have 2 colored throat-ed toads one of mine ate 2 worms its name is twinkie and then i have a boy who luvs crickets and i named him teddy. and then i have a baby toad who just lost its tail. i dont know what to name him. twinkie knows her name not teddy. then i have a medium sized toad wich his name is pickles.

  499. crystal

    On June 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    my babie’s a boy! pickles eats loooooots of crickets. suuuuuuper fat. i use to feed alot. but how much food a dat do we feed them? i feed my baby 5 ants each morning than 5 ants a night twinkie luuuuuvs me i can tell. i had her about 9 months. twikie laid eggs but only one hatched and and then lost its tail. thats the one i need a couple cute boy names like my other 2 boy toads i have.

  500. davies

    On June 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    hey togot
    davies again
    my male toad is gripped on to my female toad
    and i mean REAAALLLLLYYYY gripping on
    i tried to lift him off but he gripped on so hard that the other toad came up with him
    are they mating
    if so what should i provide them with to lay their eggs and stuff like that
    the male has been gripped onto the female for like 4 or 5 hours now
    getting kinda anxious

  501. davies

    On June 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    also, do you think it is a good idea to breed or try to catch and raise tadpoles
    i really want to
    also, what do toad eggs look like

  502. crystal

    On June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    WHEN ARE YOU ANSWERING! I cant wait any longer i waited here the whoooooooooooooooooole time well not the whole time because iwent out looking for worms

  503. crystal

    On June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    cool davies i have toad eggs i’ll tell you. ther very soft and if you squeeze them they’ll die. you could also see them move sometimes. if they lay eggs llook at them on day 6 and you could see them right inside. i hope they lay eggs.

  504. davies

    On June 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    what do the eggs look like
    what color r they
    how deep will they fill the water in a 5 inch deep pool

  505. Togot

    On June 18, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Crystal, you can feed them as much as they will eat. Sorry I couldn’t respond earlier, but I don’t get any kind of notification when someone writes a comment. I check it once a day if I get the chance, usually around 2-3 am when I get off of work.

  506. Togot

    On June 18, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Davies, put in a larger water container than the dish, but something the toads can still climb into and out of easily. Make sure the chlorine has been removed just like their normal water. Once the eggs are laid, take the container out and have a small aquarium ready , ten gallon should be more than enough for one toad’s offspring, and you don‘t have to fill it all the way. Make sure to remove the chlorine in advance and have the water ready at least 24 hours in advance so the temperature should be about the same as the water containing the eggs when you put them in. Don’t use a filter as it may suck up the eggs or the babies after they hatch. When they do hatch, they will not move around much for about a week, and they will be very tiny. Give them some rocks and such as hiding places, maybe some dead vegetation or even live water plants if you like. You can feed them a number of things including floating algae balls, goldfish flake food, pond floating pellet food, and algae tablets made for plecostomus catfish. I’ve even heard that they like cheerios, but I’ve never tried them. You will need an air pump to oxygenate the water, and because you can’t use a filter, change out about a third of the water every week, and give them a turtle dock that they can climb onto when they start developing lungs. Most fish won’t eat toad tadpoles because they taste bad, but there’s no sense in taking the risk.
    Once the toads have all left the water, you can release them into a wooded area where they can boost the local population. Keep the tank handy for next year as you might get another batch of babies

    I think it’s a good idea to breed native species and release the young into the wild to help their numbers.

  507. davies

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:34 am

    thanks togot
    but what do the eggs look like
    what color r they
    and what if the toads are just spazzing out by grabbing onto each other
    i dont even no if there actually mating
    r they
    anyway thank you
    ill do what u said

  508. crystal

    On June 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    today twinkie ate a cockroach and im only 11 years old, sorry about being rude. how old are you? what do you think i should name my baby hes a boy. just lost his tail.

  509. crystal

    On June 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    davies, they are clear and really round.

  510. xXx

    On June 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I just cought a toad yesturday and I set up a tank. I have in it: 1 inch of dirt. Some plants I found it in. A circle peice of bark. A 1 inch deep and 4×4 inch wide thing of rain water. And some rocks. Is that ok?

  511. Togot

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Davies, What you’re describing is mating. The male clasps onto the female very firmly, and will piggy back on her until she finds a suitable water source. She will then sit with her back legs in the water and lay eggs while the male fertilizes them. As crystal said, eggs are clear, round, and grouped in a string of jelly-like mucus.

  512. Togot

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Crystal I’m 27, and what you name your pet is a personal choice you should make for yourself. Take good care of him.

  513. Togot

    On June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    xXx, that sounds fine.

  514. Silverfang207

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey togot,
    I have 2 western california toads, Bufo boreas halophilus.
    I was wondering if just topsoil or potting soil without any chemicals(pesticides and fertilizers) would be fine as a substrate. Petsmart charges $20 for “special” toad substrate. I am keeping them in about a 30 gallon tank(dont know the exact size) and the petsmart substrate will not cover even half of the tank.
    another question being will boiling tap water effectively remove the chlorine in it?

  515. Silverfang207

    On June 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    oh i forgot to mention i live close to barstow california so im in the middle of the desert so would the desert sand be a good substrate if kept moist? that is basically whats in the tank now but i think it might be way too wet.

  516. davies

    On June 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    thank u soooooooooo much togot
    im gonna get a nice big dish for my toads to lay their eggs tomorrow and a ten gallon tanks for the tadpoles
    thanks again

  517. davies

    On June 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    one more question
    how long does it take for the eggs to hatch
    and how long does it take for a tadpole to turn into a toad

  518. tommy

    On June 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    hey togot im tryin to find a toad or 2 but i cant find any,,, there r woods by my house buut i cant find any please helppppp

  519. crystal

    On June 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    is your real name togot because if it isnt i really want to know youre real name reeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaal. im always to curios. i feed him more ants now. i think i have wood lice in my tank but whatever it is my baby also eats those to. you no whats wierd, my toad named pickles ate a cocroach bigger than him.

  520. Togot

    On June 20, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Silverfang207, I’ve been told that it doesn’t remove all of the chemicals in treated water, so I’ve been relying on a dehumidifier. Most pet stores also sell a chlorine removing agent you can add to a gallon or so of water which you can keep around to refill your pets dish as needed. I’ve been using it for my frogs and fish for two years now with no problems. Sand mixed with regular dirt should be ok. If you’re worried abut it being too wet, you can try adding some moss to soak it up like a sponge. As long as there are no chemical pesticides in whatever substrate you are using, your pet should be alright.

  521. Togot

    On June 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Davies, not too long, around a month. toad’s develop faster than frogs do and do most of their growing after the tadpole stage.

  522. Togot

    On June 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Tommy, toads like to hide under rocks and logs, usually in moist areas.

  523. Togot

    On June 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Crystal, my name is Andrew, and toads have very large stomachs which allow them to eat surprisingly large meals. take good care of him.

  524. Silverfang207

    On June 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Oh sorry, one more question…
    Do you think i should put in some leaf litter from my backyard? They have tiny bugs on them which i assume are wood lice but still i dont want them getting parasites. Thank you for your last answers.

  525. Dave

    On June 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hi this is dave and I have a questune. Do toads need a heating rock for thair digestive systems? thanks

  526. Silverfang207

    On June 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    sorry another question. How long generally does it take for a toad to reach full size? should it be fully grown by the end of summer you think?

  527. Togot

    On June 22, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Silverfang207, leaf litter is fine for a toad, they like to hide under it, and the small insects are probably wood lice which toads like to eat. It should reach adult size in roughly a year. They grow up pretty quickly.

  528. Togot

    On June 22, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Dave, no, toads don’t need a heat source, they do fine at room temperatures

  529. crystal

    On June 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    twinkies a lazy toad. do you think shes ok. im woried. shes my most favorite toad. i could never replace her. i use to have a toad named stones. she had warts that looked like stones. can tadpoles in the eggs die. i donnt see them moving anymore. i use to see them move aaaaalot. i found out a name for my baby toad, squiggles. i really like it. whats your toads name? im going to middle school next year.

  530. crystal

    On June 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    not next year i ment after summer.

  531. Togot

    On June 24, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Crystal, Toads are usually pretty lazy. Their preferred hunting method is to dig in under a log or rock and snap up insects that crawl by. Yes eggs can die if they don’t get enough oxygen, an air pump similar to one used for fish is a good idea, though having to change the water so often usually does the job of oxygenating it after they’ve hatched. Mine is called Gamabunta

  532. paige & robbie

    On June 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    hi im 12 and me and my lil bro found a toad in out backyard! we are planing on keeping it but i put a water bowl in the little tank but idk if he knows that there is water in the bowl for him and i dont want him to die because he didnt get any water so what do i do?

  533. ashley

    On June 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi, my name is Ashley and I am new to this site.I love how you tell us about toads and how you take care of it and everything else.But the thing i’m asking is if you can tell me a little bit more about where else toads might be at around a house?I don’t have very much shade around my house.I also have another question,I only have a box with holes on the top and I am wondering if a toad can survive in it for a couple of days? And I also have 2 other brothers and they also like to look for toads and 1 of my brothers(the youngest)like to squeeze it alittle bit. And then it kind of gets a reddish brownish color where it goes to the restroom at.Is that o.k.

    ashley me later on

  534. Ashley

    On June 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    how long is it when its time for someone to write back.I also have another question is why are there red dots on a toads back?And just to let you know I am useing my mother’s email. I do not have my own email.if tha’s o.k. i wil try to get one

  535. Togot

    On June 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Paige & Robbie, when your toad gets thirsty or restless it will explore his surroundings and stumble upon the water dish. He can also absorb water from the soil through his skin if you keep it moist

  536. Togot

    On June 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Ashley, toads like dark, damp places. You can usually find them under logs or large rocks where they can dig in and hide from predators. At night when it starts to cool down you can find them wandering around looking for food. If it’s only for a few days, and you make sure to provide him with a water dish and don’t leave the box in the sun, it should be alright. Toads don’t like to be squeezed, especially male toads, and there’s always a chance of you causing it harm. If your sibling is too young to understand this, you probably shouldn’t let him around the animals because there is also a health risk. Toads can carry germs, and you should always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap after handling them. A very young child might put their fingers in their mouth after touching the animal and become sick. The discoloration is because toads can’t wipe themselves like humans. Allowing them to sit in a water dish usually helps this problem. There is no set time for me answering questions on this site, but I usually try to check after I get off of work around 2 in the morning. I’m not sure why you mentioned your mother’s email address since you didn’t mention one in your previous question. I usually don’t email people directly unless they specifically ask me to, I just answer their questions on this page. Toads have a number of earth colors as camouflage to help break up their outline and blend in with underbrush.

  537. Brenda Nelson

    On June 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

    In many areas it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets

  538. asdfghjkl

    On July 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

    where do u work

  539. Togot

    On July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    asdfghjkl, UPS

  540. mudears

    On July 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

    i have a toed in a school box is that ok

  541. Togot

    On July 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Mudears, as a temporary home it should be fine, but if you plan to keep him you should get an aquarium with soil in it. a shoebox will disintegrate over time form being exposed to moisture form damp soil and the toad going to the bathroom

  542. mudears

    On July 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    im gotwoing to get a fish tank for 2 toads 1 is a boy 1 is a girl will they mate???????

  543. mudears

    On July 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    how can you tell a girl toad from a boy toad

  544. mudears

    On July 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    when do you answer

  545. mudears

    On July 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm


  546. Togot

    On July 15, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Mudears, if they are mature then there is a good chance that they will. Males are smaller and have an off-colored throat. I normally try to answer questions when I get off of work, around 2 or 3 AM. Or when I wake up usually around noon. I’m answering this sooner than usual because I didn’t work tonight. It’s usually best to wait until the day after asking a question to check for a response.

  547. mudears

    On July 15, 2010 at 9:05 am


  548. asumguy

    On July 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    hey togot i really liked the information thanks, anyway i just found a toad i think its a girl but i dont think it likes its tank and its alwase trying to get out it wont eat that much please tell me whats wrong

  549. asumguy

    On July 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    also i made her tank out of a pretty big plastic container and i followed you instructions

  550. asumguy

    On July 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    im 11 and i foud this toad at my uncles house. i thought it was a girl but reading questions and answers i found he was a boy. btw im thinking on calling him golem

  551. Togot

    On July 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Asumguy, the problem is probably that you just caught him and he is still a little stressed. Make sure he is in an area with dim lighting, has a hiding place, and there isn’t a lot of noise or activity around him to give him a chance to acclimate to his new home.

  552. asumguy

    On July 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    thanks togot anyway golem is finally burying himself witch i think is a good sign

  553. asumguy

    On July 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    sorry one more question . should i let golem out side for a few minutes a day or should i leave him inside for a while so he can get used to his tank i made him?

  554. Togot

    On July 24, 2010 at 1:13 am

    asumguy, moving him around might cause more stress, so i advise leaving him be for a few days

  555. asumguy

    On July 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    is my tank setup ok … a peice of bark,a small dish of rain water,some rocks,and about an inch and a half of dirt

  556. Togot

    On July 28, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Asumguy, yes, that should do fine

  557. gogo gaga

    On August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Can i keep the toad in a cardboard box with plastic wrap and air holes at the top?

  558. Togot

    On August 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I suppose you could if you used the plastic wrap like a lining, but there is still a good chance the humidity will eventually cause the cardboard to deteriorate

  559. asumguy

    On August 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    today golem buried himself so deep i thought he got out.i was about to throw the dirt away but then i saw his head pop up

  560. Mykitsa

    On August 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Togot, it’s Elizabeth again.
    Joe died, and now Ribbit is looking thin and slimy, and we have to force-feed him. We have two new toads, a very very small one and another one, their names are Tiny and Rust.
    We just started finding ity bity little white things…swimming? In the water dish–any thoughts on what they are? And how often should we change the dirt in the tank?

  561. Mykitsa

    On August 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Ribbit died, Togot. :(
    We\\\’re doing everything like the article said, and he\\\’s been fine for over three months, then he and Joe died. What happened???

  562. Togot

    On August 16, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Mykitsa, the white things might have been some kind of parasite that got your toad sick, but I’ve never encountered this myself. Try changing the water and cleaning the dish. As for dirt, a toad’s tank doesn’t need to be cleaned all that often, once a month should be fine. I’m afraid I can’t really diagnose what happened to your pet without more information. If both toads died around the same time, then it’s probably an environmental cause. Are you sure there aren’t any chemicals that they were exposed to? Did you dechlorinate the water, use pesticide free soil?

  563. Mykitsa

    On August 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

    The soil was good and so was the water, except for the white things in it, and it had been a while since we changed the dirt. We would change the water, and then the white things would come back…but now that the dirt is changed, they’re gone, far as we can tell.
    I’m just worried, I don’t want Rust and Tiny to die too. :( I feel like a horrible pet owner.

  564. Togot

    On August 17, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Mykitsa, if the tiny white things were drowning instead of swimming, they might have just been mites. I’m not sure what the cause could have been. What was the temperature in the room, and what were you feeding them before they got sick? Try not to feel too bad, sometimes things beyond your control happen, or people make honest mistakes. The purpose of my articles is to try and help owners avoid some of those mistakes

  565. paul98

    On August 17, 2010 at 5:34 am

    hello my mum got me a small toad last night i kept it in a plastic box but me and my mum put it back in my pond toad and frog pond because it was trying to to cmimb out and i dint no how much to feed it a day.

  566. Sue

    On August 17, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I have lots of small toads in my yard from this year’s “crop” in my tiny backyard pond. I would like to keep a couple overwinter. You say not to just give them crickets from the store, but over the winter, I don’t know what else I would do. Do you have ideas for me? I suppose I could dig up earthworms now and over witner them, too. But what other ideas to you have, please?

  567. Mykitsa

    On August 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    They didn’t seem to be drowning, but it was hard to tell they were ITY BITY, like…I have no correlation, they were too small to make out.
    The temperature in the room is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, we’ve never measured it in the tank, but we know it gets a tad humid in there sometimes. We keep having to change their little bark hideaway things because they get rotted.
    We fed them the same stuff we have been all summer; bugs from outside (ants, rollie pollies, things like that) and some butter worms and wax worms from the bait store.
    We tried to feed Ribbit when he started getting skinny, but couldn’t figure out how to open his mouth…I was afraid of breaking his jaw or something.

  568. Togot

    On August 18, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Sue, you can feed toads crickets from pet stores if you give them a vitamin supplement or gut load them before hand. You can also buy worms. Earth worms for larger toads, and red wrigglers for smaller ones.

  569. Togot

    On August 18, 2010 at 3:56 am

    It sounds like you were doing everything right. I’m not sure why your pet would have died under these conditions. It can be very difficult to feed a toad or similar pet when they can’t do it on their own. A trick is to use an eyedropper. Hopefully your new pets will fare better, and if there are any new problems, feel free to let me know and I will try to help as best I can.

  570. Sue

    On August 18, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Where would I get vitamin supplements for toads?

    If I can’t do that, would just crickets and red wrigglers be OK, do you think, for 4-5 months?

  571. Sue

    On August 18, 2010 at 7:36 am

    BTW– How do you make a toad eat a vitamin supplement? :-)

  572. Gardentoad

    On August 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I have found a toad at the end of my garden, he is living under a wooden plant pot which is sitting on earth. I have checked there over the past few days and he is always there. Does this mean he has taken up residency? Or will he move on sometime soon?

  573. maija

    On August 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    dear Togot,
    i just got a toad on august 16 and it is now august 18 i have my toad (herbet ) in a 20 gallon tank and i was wondering how much water i would sray on the dirt to keep it moist ?
    from maija

  574. Togot

    On August 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Sue, you should be able to find these supplements in a pet store. I recommend the food spray variety. You just squirt it onto the crickets a few minutes before you feed your pet. You can also gut-load the crickets. This means buying I high nutrition food that you should also be able to find in a pet store, probably in the reptile department. You let the crickets eat this food the night before you give them to your pet. You are what you eat, and also what you eat has eaten.

  575. Togot

    On August 19, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Gardentoad, so long as his needs are met, and he has no reason to leave, he will probably stay there which is a good thing for a garden since a toad will eat insects that could be harmful to your plants

  576. Togot

    On August 19, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Maija, just enough to make it damp without it being soggy. If you give your toad a water dish, he will be able to sit in there to moisten his skin, so you don’t need to get the soil too wet.

  577. Sue

    On August 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks very much. That makes good sense.

    Now I have to find the toads. Since we’ve had two weeks of hot, dry weather, I haven’t seen them around. I hope they’re not all dead, now that I’m al lready to start catching them for the winter!


  578. Lori (Fort Wayne, IN)

    On August 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I had a toad in my vegetable garden in late spring just before I planted my small crop, so I assume it is a hospitable place for them to live. Unfortunately the sweet toad I had became tangled into the fence/barrier I had and died. I have taken care of the barrier issue, and would really like to lure the in. How might I do this? Is it like Field of Dreams…”If you build it they will come [toad house]?”
    I am not interested in housing them inside, just want to provide the hospitality so they will eat my garden pests.

  579. Togot

    On August 20, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Lori, Essentially yes, if you make a habitat that is attractive to a type of animal, that animal will naturally move in. all kinds of animals pass through peoples’ yards all the time, but we aren’t aware of it mostly because they keep moving on, having not found a suitable environment. A damp area with a shady hiding spot such as a toad house should do the trick. If your out away from home and spot a toad you can try to introduce it to your yard and it should stick around.

  580. Mykitsa

    On August 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks Togot.
    Rust seems pretty chubby, and it’s a trick feeding Tiny because he’s so small, but there aren’t any odd things in the water and so far as we can tell they’re happy toads.

  581. maddie

    On August 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    i just found a HUGE toad yesterday and i live in PA so i have no clue what type it is

  582. dave

    On August 24, 2010 at 5:35 am

    hey i think the person’s that think toads should be in the wild, killing native animals rather then being kept as pets by children needs their head read!!

    an even better idea, would be to milk them, then kill them. then acid / base the meo-5 from them and have a good old smoke. who knows some parts may even be good to eat? there is also lots of things you can make from their skin, like a purse or pouch etc.

    i mean, its a bloody big pest in this country!!!! dont forget that!

  583. Aspen

    On August 25, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Hello there.
    I just yesterday found 2 toads in the wild, one about an inch and a half long, then other maybe a lil over 2 inches. Is this too big of a size diffence to keep them together? And if they are fine together would having a friend make them happier, or would it not really matter?

    Also in very good conditions, how long is my toad able to live?
    BY THE WAY they are plain old adorable American Toads.


  584. Aspen

    On August 25, 2010 at 2:52 am

    and WTF dave??? they r a pest? they keep us from being devoured by mosquitos!! id rather have lots of adoragble harmless toads around then flying Lyme Disease/Malaria carriers! call me crazy i guess!

  585. Togot

    On August 25, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Maddie, i can’t tell from that discription, but perhaps this site will help you identify the one you have.

  586. Togot

    On August 25, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Aspen, if it looks like the larger one could fit the smaller one in its mouth, you should probably separate them. Toads are not social animals and can even be territorial with each other. The average toad can live for about a decade if treated well. I believe that Dave may be referring to the Cane toad of Australia, an invasive species which is a large pest and also very toxic to anything that tries to eat it.

  587. Haley

    On August 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    hey togot,
    i have an american toad and i was just wondering what size tank would be good for him. he’s a pretty big toad, maybe 3 or 4 inches. i have a ten gallon fish tank right now but im not sure if its big enough. and also, can toads eat ANYTHING i find out in the yard? ive been giving him crickets and beetles, but couldnt there be some insects that are poisonus?
    thanks for all the above information!!! your really helpful

  588. Togot

    On August 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Haley, That size tank should be alright for a single toad. As for food, your toad will spit up most toxic insects. The only real danger is in feeding your pet something that has insecticide on it. If you don’t use chemicals in your garden, then it should be alright

  589. poppyhop

    On August 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Hey Togot, I have another question. I recently found a one-eyes toad (Maggie) and took her in. She won’t eat unless I hand-feed her. When I first picked her up outside, she didn’t try to hop out of my hand. She barely moves, and the only way she eats is if i shove it in her face, or put it on her back. She doesn’t seem to care what happened to her. I already have a toad and am giving Maggie to a friend. Any tidbits of wisdom on how to help this poor animal??

    Thanks alot,


  590. Togot

    On August 31, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Poppyhop, it could be that the missing eye is infected, or that the animal is sick for some other reason. Disease is always a risk with wild animals. You can try to force feed it with an eye dropper and some liquid insect meal that you might be able to get at a pet shop. If not, toss some crickets in a blender. I had to do something similar for a chameleon once. Getting the tip of an eye dropper in its moth is easier than trying to pry its mouth all the way open.

  591. Carr

    On September 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for your informative site! Question: We have kept toads in captivity before. One set we kept for two years-1 died and one was later released and the others died after about a year and a half. I don’t know what we did wrong. We had a 10 gallon tank with dirt substrate, dechlorinated water and an assortment of bugs and worms, however it seemed like the toads always started ailing about February–they started to be off their food and started ‘missing’ a lot when hunting and were wobbly when moving, so I suspected some kind of vitamin or mineral imbalance.. I wondered if keeping them over the winter was what was doing it. Would I have had more success if I hibernated them? If I did so, when would I start not feeding them and how cold would it have to be? I appreciate any help you give us–I don’t want to try again with our latest find in the window well only to repeat the same mistakes.—-

  592. Togot

    On September 2, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Carr, from the sound of it, it was probably a vitamin deficiency. You can find supplements at pet stores. Gut loading and spraying crickets with one such supplement should help keep your pet healthy. When toads get near their hibernation time, they simply burry themselves for a few months, and although it does shorten their life, it is because they are in a form of suspended animation during this time, thus aging more slowly. You don’t need to stop feeding them. When it starts getting cold outside, put them in a garage or a shed, but make sure the substrate is deep enough for them to dig into. You don’t want them directly exposed to freezing temperatures, so being in a shed or garage should help, but there is always a chance of your pet dying during this time.

  593. poppyhop

    On September 3, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Thank-you for the information!!! I had found Maggie over the weekend, and my friend says she’s doing much better now. I just found yet another one eyed toad. Is our house a one eyed animal farm??? Also, a couple years ago I found a one eyed tree frog. Should I be worried???

  594. Togot

    On September 4, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Poppyhop, does it look like they lost their eye due to injury, or were they born without one? it could be that the amphibians in your area are being effected by pollution and developing deformities. Frogs and toads are usually the first indicators of water contamination.

  595. Mr.Herp

    On September 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Hey togot, very informative thread, as is some of your other threads. I was suprised to see some of the same individuals frequently asking you questions for more than a 2 year span, and having the patients and integrity to continue to anwser there numerous questions…. I am a reptile owner/breeder who happened to own a few toads in a 90 gallon paludarium (terrarium with land and water), all of which died by drowning in 10 inches of water over a 4 month span. The toads were not able to climb up a 1 and a half inch ledge keeping the water in, I seen this with my own eyes. I arranged so it would be hard for the toads to get to the water area but at night they like to explore. No question for you on this subject, just wanted the toad owners to know that although they go into water to breed, they are not swimmers and they are not good climbers when there back legs are in deep water, they were american bullfrogs I caught here in northern Ontario. Thanks again Togot

  596. rachel

    On September 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    hi i was wondering it terrarium moss would be a good substrate for a toad? i think id be in abit of trouble for digging up the back yard thanks.

  597. Togot

    On September 7, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Rachel, Moss can be a fine substitute. It retains moisture well, but toads can’t really dig into it. You might want to buy a bag of sand substrate from a pet store to mix with it

  598. Togot

    On September 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Rachel, moss can be a fine substitute. It retains moisture rather well, but toads can’t really dig. You might want to get some sand substrate at a pet store and mix it with the moss

  599. tesia

    On September 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    i actually have two african frogs that live in water and i was wondering if i could feed my new toads the same food i got from the pets store

  600. tesia

    On September 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    also i was wondering if i could use ozark water since it is fresh spring water and thats what my other frogs swim in

  601. Togot

    On September 9, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Tesia, I’m not sure what food that is, but most insects sold in pet stores will drown in water, so you might want to create some kind of dry feeding area. Maybe a dish with mealworms. Any water that isn’t polluted should be fine as long as it doesn’t have chlorine

  602. GUNDAM

    On September 11, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Late night,yesterday or early morning,today. I do not know which,since I did not have a watch on me,but I did witness that one of my Eastern American Toad got a worm into its mouth while the other end of the worm was already in a mouth of another Eastern American Toad. I had to break it up. The bully was a bigger toad than the victim. I ponder if it would have happen in the first place if the victim was a bigger toad than the bully. I do not know if I am doing something wrong,but the bully is still scared of me a little bit even though I had it for a month and 5 days,give or take. I hope that the hope the author would be able to get all the comments number,since I do not know what the number is for this post and it would be nice to have the time listed with its respective time zone,so people would know what time it is in relation to their own time zone.

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  603. Togot

    On September 13, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Gundam, it isn’t that you were really doing anything wrong, and the toads probably would have done this no matter what their size. Frogs and toads will usually try to eat anything that moves and is small enough to fit in their mouths. It’s just hardwired behavior. If you hadn’t done anything, the animals probably would have just played tug of war until the worm tore in half, or one toad pulled it out of the other’s mouth. In order to get a toad used to you, simply sit near it, make sure it knows you are the one feeding it, and occasionally bring it out to sit on a towel placed on your lip while on the computer or doing a similar activity, making sure the animal doesn’t try to jump off. I’m not sure what you mean about comment numbers. The most recent comments appear on the bottom and automatically show the date and time they are posted

  604. GUNDAM

    On September 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I meant by that it would be nice that each comment that would appeared on this page would be numbered such as 500. and so on. Since,I wonder how many comments including this one is on this page! Message Typed At 9:26 P.M. CST (New hp)-9:27 P.M. CST (New hp)!

  605. Shelly

    On September 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hello Togot, I am wondering. I have had two toads in a 10 galleon tank for a while, but recently I have allowed three new toads come into my tank, two small, and one large. it is fall and i really dont want to let them go, for i fear the may die considering how cold it is. I could buy a 20 galleon tank for sure, but I dont know if i could fit a larger tank then that in my room. what size of tank should I buy, and if its larger then a 20 galleon, where is the best place in a house to put it?! im desperate!

  606. Togot

    On September 20, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Shelly, you could simply buy another ten gallon tank for the new toads. It is possible that the larger ones could eat the smaller ones, so separating them may be a good idea. As for the best place to put a terrarium, that’s really up to you. Try to avoid areas in direct sunlight, near vents that can cause sudden changes in temperature, and keep it out of reach of small children. aside from that, put them where you can view them easily

  607. April

    On September 23, 2010 at 2:12 am


    i believe i have myself an american bullfrog. i caught him in the woods about 2 weeks ago and he’s about the size of a quarter. making him a baby, i’m assuming? i have him in a one gallon, plastic ice cream container for the time being. i live in wisconsin, so it obviously gets pretty cold around this time of year. my house normally stays warm throughout the winter, but my toad likes to bury himself under the dirt all day and night.

    my questions are:
    do i ‘wake’ him up to eat every few days?
    should i be concerned he likes to hide all day?
    how do i know he’s using his water dish?
    if he is indeed a baby, how long will it take for him to physically mature?
    on his right hind leg, he’s missing all of his toes. there’s just a little nub. how do you think this happened?

    sorry to ask so many questions. i’m concerned about the little guy!

  608. ^^April

    On September 23, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I’m sorry, I meant to say american toad, not bullfrog. =/

  609. Togot

    On September 23, 2010 at 3:35 am

    April, it is quite possible he is preparing for hibernation. You don’t have to wake him up to feed him. Simply throw in some insects small enough for him to eat, and he’ll eat them if he is hungry and wants to. He may not use the water dish, so you should make sure the soil is moist as well. This will also help if he is indeed preparing to hibernate. It should take him less than a year to reach sexual maturity. Either he lost his foot due to an accident, or it just didn’t develop properly

  610. April

    On September 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for the help! Very helpful.

  611. April

    On September 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Oh, also, how long do toads hibernate for and what should I expect during this time period?

  612. Togot

    On September 24, 2010 at 1:09 am

    April, they will hibernate until spring time. You should expect a lot of nothing during this time. The toad will burry itself, and stay buried until this time. You should dampen the soil about once a week, though you don’t need to feed them until you see your pet pop up again

  613. GUNDAM

    On September 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I am thankful that you,Togot,is willing to put the time to give out some advices when it comes to taking care of a toad(s). I am disappointed that my question have been unanswered about the Post Numbers.
    If you couldn\’t help me out,then it have been better to give an answer than not giving one at all. I will send an electronic mail to the website\’s contact. I learn from experience that sometimes my computer reset at itself and it would be nice to go back to the post that I was reading. I can use Ctrl f and type in the number of the post. As a result,it will highlight the number that I typed in the search on this page.
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  614. Togot

    On September 30, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Gundam, I didn’t consider your last post to be a question. You simply said you thought it would be nice if the comments were numbered, and I agree it would be nice, but it’s not something I have any control over. I’m not sure how that information “helps you out,” but that’s the best answer i can give. As for how many comments have been posted on this article, far more than I care to count.

  615. AL

    On September 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I was digging in my backyard yesterdays, the 29th of september. I live in North Texas. I noticed a toad where I had bee throwing fresh earth. He had dirt in his mouth (he was slack-jawed,) but had no apparent wounds. He seemed dopey, 3rd eyelids partially closed. He made it through the night in the shallow basin of water I provided. he’s not as slack jawed but I see a tiny spot of blood over his ear membrane, like perhaps a mosquito bite. I don’t know if he is stunned or in a hibernation mode. He tries moving about sluggishly, all limbs appear to work, but e doesn’t get very far. Did I wake him from hibernation, it is starting to get cooler here. Can I re-bury him so he goes back into stasis and if so, how deep? Please email me back as soon as possible with a solution.

  616. aNiMaL lOvEr #1

    On September 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    i got my toad a few weeks ago and its really fat, but wat should i feed it in the winter?

  617. Togot

    On October 1, 2010 at 3:57 am

    aNiMaL lOvEr #1, if your pet does not go into a hibernative state, you can feed it the same crickets and worms that you normally would. If it does hibernate, you won’t need to feed it anything

  618. Togot

    On October 1, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Al, Don’t try to burry him yourself. You may have injured him with the shovel, or it could just be sick. Keep him for a few days for observation. It’s still early for him to completely shut down due to cold, so he should become more active in a warm house if he was hibernating. If he was, just place him outside in an area where he can bury himself again. If he continues to have problems, it may indicate another problem.

  619. mehdipira

    On October 12, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hi , How far can Cane Toads live or survive from water?(meter or km) and How far do they live from roads? on what type of land use do they live and travel?

  620. Togot

    On October 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Mehdipira, Most toads don’t need to be near water unless they are breeding. There is no set distance. As long as they can get water to drink like any other animal, they can go just about anywhere on land. Toads can cross roads, and in Australia where cane toads are a pest, they swarm over roads.

  621. alec

    On October 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    hey togot
    this winter ill need water for my toads
    and i cant get lake water and i cant get a dehumidifier
    can i use distilled water from the store or purified bottled water

  622. toad freak

    On October 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    i caught 3 toads this summer and their getting darker as they grow and i dont know if its bad or not and 2 of my toads are big and they like each other so write me back:) :) rrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttttttttttttt

  623. Togot

    On October 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Alec, Anything without chlorine should be alright, but it might be a cheaper option to simply buy an additive which removes it. I use aquasafe and add a very small amount to a gallon of water which lasts quite awhile. Or you could simply melt down snow. That should also work

  624. Togot

    On October 15, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Toad Freak, this is normal. Chances are they will shed their skin soon, and you’ll notice their color become suddenly lighter for a time.

  625. Hallowheart

    On October 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Togot, I want to thank you for this extremely informative thread. I am so excited to get a toad for a pet soon, and the time you have spent giving out proper care information for toads is really appreciated.

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for a male toad–most likely it will be a Woodhouse Toad or a Pacific Tree Toad, as those two are quite common in my area. He’s actually going to be more than just a pet for a little while, as I’ll also be using him for observation and as a model while finishing the illustrations for a children’s book (school project).

    I’m incredibly excited about this, so thanks for all your extremely helpful information! While I have owned frogs before, I don’t want to be extremely naive and treat my toad like a frog!

  626. Hallowheart

    On October 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm


    I don’t have my toad yet, but I was setting up my room to start a painting recently when a thought came to my mind. I use oil paints, and I was wondering if it’d be dangerous for my toad for me to continue painting in my room? I ask because I don’t know if such strong fumes could harm my eventual toad.

  627. Togot

    On October 18, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hallowheart, I’m honestly not sure about this one. Toads absorb toxins in water through their skin, but I don’t think they’d be more vulnerable to airborne fumes than a than any other animal. To be safe you can try to air out the room before you get your pet once you’ve finished painting.

  628. GUNDAM

    On October 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Hallowheart,in addition to what Togot post to your question. A toad do not drink water,but get water from the food that they swallow and their skin absorb water. As a result,anything that is a part of the water make-up would be absorbed. Remember not to use tap water for the toad.

    1.What is your opinion about me releasing two of my Eastern American Toads? I did it during yesterday\’s afternoon,since they were both skinner than before I caught them. They did not eat as much. I do not know if they were ill and/or depress.

    2.When did you catch your toad(s)? Be exact as possible!

    3.How many toad(s) do you have?

    4.How many of each kind of toad(s) do you have?

    5.What are their name(s)?

    6.What pet(s) do you have besides toad(s)?

    7.What time zone do you live in?

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  629. Hallowheart

    On October 19, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Thanks Togot, for now I’ve just decided to move into a different room for painting.

    Thanks GUNDAM, though I do remember reading that several times ^_^. Thankfully, I have a dehumidifier–I don’t think anyone would drink the water in my area period (has a lot of sulfur… tastes like rotten eggs… smells like it too… blegh)

  630. Togot

    On October 19, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Gundam, I’m afraid I can’t be very exact as I wasn‘t paying attention to the date. The best I can tell you is that it was early spring after a heavy rain storm. His name is Peepers, and he was the size of my thumbnail when I found him. He has since tripled in size. When I caught him I released my large female Gamabunta into the woods near my home. They were both common toads. Your toads may have been going into hibernation mode with the colder weather we are starting to get. I also have several ant colonies, two frogs, several comet goldfish, a red eared slider and painted turtle, three dogs, and a leopard gecko. I believe its central, though I don’t understand why you wish to know this.

  631. Binh

    On October 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I was thinking that the two toads that I had might have been going into hibernation mode,but they did not still buried in the soil every single time that I check on them. Note that they were both males. The female toad is bigger than both of them and she ate almost every time that I put some Boxelder Bugs into the habitat. In addition,the female toad is calm around me,but the other two male toads which I had before the female toads are always jumpy.

    1.Is there a study that state a male toad are harder to tame than a female toad?
    2.Any study that support the fact that toad do not feel like eating,even though they sometimes go out of the soil? I never read about anything that state a toad would die because it was a picky eater.
    3.At what temperature(s),would a toad start going into hibernation?

    It could have been that the temperature in the basement changes so often that the toads would not know when to hibernate or not. To me,the temperature seem stable for the most part.

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  632. wolf510

    On October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i have two toads that i think are the comon toad. i have 1 big one that is almost the size of a base ball card. i also have a small one that is about the size of a quarter. they are very fat and have`nt been eating lately. its October. are they hibernating? i take them out of their tank and put them in a feeding tank so i can see if they eat or not. i do them induvigually. Ive had them for months its all here. PLEASE AWNSER BACK I NEED TO KNOW!

  633. Hallowheart

    On October 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Togot, I wasn’t having much luck finding a toad (considering the month, there’s the reason) but my friend did have tadpoles outside in their pond.

    So, now I am not sure what I’ll wind up with–oh well =). My tadpole currently is the length and width of a quarter (bahaha, so chubby looking) and has legs–can’t wait to see what it winds up being.

  634. Togot

    On October 20, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Binh, I don’t know about any studies. I’ve had both males and females, and I have noticed that females are less energetic for the most part. It might be because you have two males, and they’re being territorial. My toads usually eat anything I put in front of them if they are hungry. Their metabolism starts to shut down around 60 to 40 degrees, so the room would be pretty chilly. Even in warm rooms, toads simply know what time of year it should be cold do to their biological clock, and they can sometimes shut down without it being cold

  635. Togot

    On October 20, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Wolf510, it’s possible they are getting ready to hibernate. They may soon burry themselves and not reaper for several months. If they do, keep the water relatively moist, and try not to disturb them. Whether or not you wish to place them in a cold environment for the winter is up to you

  636. Togot

    On October 20, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Hallowheart, it’s highly unlikely that you have young toads. They breed in the early spring, and develop very quickly. There are a few species of frogs that stay tadpoles for over a year, so you probably have one of them

  637. Hallowheart

    On October 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Togot, yeah–I think it is a frog too. I think I may wind up buying a fire-bellied toad later on.

  638. Toad Friend

    On October 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Do toads need to hibernate if kept in captivity?

  639. Moon

    On October 29, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Hi Togot, thanks to all your useful info. I’ve finally decided to go ahead and get a toad pet. I currently have hermit crabs, fish, various birds, and am fostering nine cats. Your fount of information is amazing and I had no idea there were so many people out there who love toads as much as I do. I’ve loved them since childhood and thought I was just “weird”. Thanks to you, I am confident I can provide him or her with a proper home. Anyway, I live in deep south Texas and I think I might have to wait until the Spring to find a toady friend as I’ve not seen any around the garden lately. Would you recommend that I buy one at the pet store or just wait until Spring and try my luck then?

  640. Togot

    On October 29, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Moon, a pet store is a good bet. Some people take issue with removing an animal from the wild, and a store bought pet should adjust to you faster as well. You may have to go to an exotic pet store for a better selection of animals, however. The only toads I’ve seen petco carry are fire bellies which are more aquatic than the American toad I based this care sheet on, but most of the information here still applies

  641. Moon

    On October 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Well, I don’t really like the fire bellies as they are too “pretty” for me. I much rather prefer the American Toad, with their beautiful coloration and classic warty toad look. I think I’m going to wait until Spring comes along to try to find an American Toad. I have a few questions for you Togot, you’ve not mentioned anything about their pooping habits, what is normal and also how often would I have to clean out the substrate in the tank. Is there any bad smell that could develop if the tank is not mainained in a proper way? thanks.

  642. Togot

    On October 30, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Moon, a toad’s feces usually mixes with the soil until it’s indistinguishable, mostly because they defecate while half buried, and it looks a lot like mud. If there is an odor, I’ve never noticed it. Cleanliness isn’t really an issue with toads, so cleaning out the tank every month or so should be fine.

  643. Lore

    On November 11, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Togot, you’re a saint. Patron Saint of Toads. I’m not Catholic, but still. I just found a Cane Toad in my porch and it had no eyes and it’s skin was ashy looking (not like any of the other toads I’ve seen in South Florida and I’ve been catching and playing with these things since I was a little girl). My mother said she found a few in the same condition some miles away at her home and I’ve reported it to the local Wildlife Center in case we’ve got a new parasite or disease going through the local toad population. I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of this before and if you have any tips for feeding a blind toad? I have to pry open her little mouth to feed her and even then she sometimes rejects the food. She’s getting bigger but she’s still far too skinny (I can see her little hip bones).

  644. Togot

    On November 11, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Lore, I’ve honestly never heard of this before. It’s good that you contacted some authorities since amphibians are often an early indicator of pollution in an environment, and that may have caused some kind of deformity. As for feeding a blind toad, try liquefying some crickets with some vitamin spry in a blender and feed it to him with a eye dropper. The dropper should make it so you don’t have to pry open his mouth as much. Keep in mind that the animal will require such care for the rest of its life, as toads rely almost exclusively on their eyesight for hunting.

  645. amy

    On November 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

    do toads eat dried meal worms?

  646. amy

    On November 21, 2010 at 9:22 am

    do toads eat/like dried meal worms?

  647. Togot

    On November 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Amy, Toads key to movement, so they rarely eat dead food. You can entice them by moving it with a stick, or wiggle it in front of them.

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    On December 4, 2010 at 4:51 am

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  649. touchwood

    On December 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    hi there togot
    i have had my toad for around 2 yrs. recently she has started climbing up the glass of her 10 gallon tank. constantly just climbing and falling back for hours at a time. do you think she is bored?
    what should i do to provide stimulation.

  650. Togot

    On January 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Touchwood, she’s probably just restless. Try bringing her out of the tank to sit in your lap or wander around for awhile. You can also change up her tank setup to better stimulate her.

  651. Toby&Riley

    On January 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    One of our toads is buried and one day he/she will be at the bottom of the tank and the next day he/she’ll be at the top of the tank with his/her head sticking out? Is he/she hibernating? And if you wake a toad when it is hibernating does that effect it in any way?

  652. Togot

    On January 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Toby&Riley, no. when a toad hibernates they stay buried and move very little. They basically sleep the whole time. She is just exhibiting normal toad behavior for hiding and ambush. Waking a toad from hibernation can kill it, because it’s metabolism might not kick in to eat food until spring, and it is relying on energy reserves, so it’s best not to disturb them.

  653. mattkpone

    On January 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I have a few questions. Is it ok to use mulch instead of dirt for their cage. I have two toads, one male and one female. I tried to put them in the same cage and the female (witch is alot bigger) tried to eat the male.

  654. Nai-Nai

    On January 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve had my 3 toads for about 5 months. they were plump then randomly this morning i looked in my tank and they were very skinny and they scared me. They had crickets still in their tank. I think it was because they wanted more water i don’t know I put more water in it and they seem to stay in there. please help me the best you can.

  655. Togot

    On January 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Mattkpone, mulch should be fine, as long as it hasn’t been treated with insecticides. Toads will try to eat anything small enough to swallow.

  656. Togot

    On January 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Nai-Nai, it might be that they are dehydrated or sick. Make sure their watering dish stays full, and see if their condition improves. If not, they are probably sick.

  657. Nai-Nai

    On January 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

    they get fat again! yay they were just dehydrated

  658. Brooke

    On January 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    If your toads are hibernating, do you need to keep water or food in the tank? Also, how long will they hibernate for? I am assuming that this is what they are doing since they both pretty much stopped eating and moving but their eyes are both open…is that common?

  659. Togot

    On January 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Brooke, you don’t need to feed them unless you see them up and about, but you should moisten the soil at least once a week so they don’t dry out. If they are hibernating they should be buried under the ground. If they are still above ground, it might be that their metabolisms are just slowed down. If so, give them food, just not as much as you normally do.

  660. kaitlyn

    On January 25, 2011 at 1:39 am

    hey i have a 10 gallon tank should i keep her inside or out ps i have a lid with small hole

  661. Togot

    On January 26, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Kaitlyn, it depends on the weather in your area. If it’s too cold outside, then keep her indoors. Also remember to keep the tank out of direct sunlight as this can cook your pet, and make sure that predators cant get in through the lid. Also be aware that insects might crawl into the tank and be eaten, so be sure not to use pesticides in your yard. Other than that, it becomes a matter of your own preference.

  662. jenywren

    On February 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Togot, Thank you for such an informative post and such thorough follow up. I’ve no doubt ‘ll be referencing your site in the future. Sadly I found it too late this time around. We found several American toads at our new home last spring and I allowed my son to keep two of them. Porgy and Bess have been quite healthy and seemingly happy for nearly 9 months now, fat but not growing too much, with healthy appetites. I was a little anxious going into the winter months, not knowing how they would do with or without hibernating. We had a salamander that died while hibernating a few years ago. In the warm weather they ate a variety of worms and bugs. As the weather got cold I bought crickets and we fed them ladybugs and boxelder bugs from around the house.
    Suddenly yesterday, for no apparent reason they both died at almost the same time. I’ve read every comment on this post and figured it must have been something environmental, but can’t figure out what that might be. I had just given them fresh water and a few crickets a few hours before we found them. I always had given them well water and this time I used purified bottled water. The bottle doesn’t say anything about chlorine. This was a fresh batch of crickets from last Saturday and they had already eaten several earlier in the week, but I was wondering if something might have been wrong with the crickets. Have you ever heard of that?
    They had mated and seemed to get along very well. Could one have sensed that the other was ill and they both went down hill quickly . . . do toads even do that?
    My son is heartbroken, and I feel so badly that I did something to cause their untimely death. I hope to have more toads in the future as we all were very attached to these guys. They were fun and very educational to take care of. I hope to avoid whatever mistake I made this time around.

  663. Togot

    On February 7, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Jenywren, it’s hard for me to say without knowing everything they ate or were exposed to. I believe lady bugs can be toxic, but I can’t say for sure. It’s also possible that some of the insects you collected around the house had been exposed to pesticides. Toads aren’t sentimental like dogs, so I doubt the other toad died from loneliness. It was almost certainly something they were both exposed to. Chlorine isn’t something that kills toads over night, it burns out their livers over time, so I doubt it was that. To give your next pet the best chance, use a de-chlorinating agent in their water, and only use store bought crickets and mealworms. That should reduce the chances of them being exposed to toxins.

  664. 4everHallie

    On February 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Hiya, im 14 years old and today i saw the cutest little toad in the pet store near my house. it was called an Albino wood toad it was white and had red eyes. It is about the size of a quarter and lives in a small cage in the pet shop by my house. What i want to know is $50 + 10 for the cage a good price? Also would crickets be out of the question? He is very small.

  665. mattkpone

    On February 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    My toad is very skinny and not doing so well. He has been sleeping for a while under his mulch so you couldnt see him. He came up and was really skinny. I thought he was hungry but he wouldnt eat. I tried putting him in his water bowl but that made it worse.(I use bottled spring water). I realized he was cold so I gave him a heating lamp with a forty watt bulb. It seemed to make him better because he was breathing better and moving more. Even so, heat isnt going to make him all the way better, he needs to eat. Please reply as soon as possible because i dont think he has much longer. Thanks

  666. Togot

    On February 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    4everHallie, I’m not too familiar with that specific species, but after reading your comment I did some searching, and they do seem to go for around $40 to $50. As for whether or not they are worth this amount of money, only you can decide that.

  667. Togot

    On February 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Mattkpone, it sounds like he just woke up from hibernation. Was the mulch moist? During these sleeps toads still absorb water through their skin. The heat lamp should help him wake up and boost his metabolism to give him an appetite, but make sure he doesn’t dry out. Heat lamps have a tendency to do that to amphibians. Get a spray bottle and mist the tank, or dampen the mulch, and he should start showing an interest in food.

  668. Poppyhop

    On February 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Umm… this is strange. Today I found my deformed (One eye is on his head, the other in his throat) toad, Elvis, apparently dead in the corner. His water dish was full, his soil moist, and he had eaten yesterday. My mother and I looked at him, poked him, even dribbled water on him, and he didn’t move. My mother informed me that he was dead. That was about eleven this morning. About forty minutes ago, (about 7:20) I came in to say good-bye and dispose of the body. I said “Oh, Elvis,” and the most amazing thing happened. He lifted his head a bit…and looked at me. He drew a shallow breath and then was still. I quickly plopped him in his water dish. After a few minutes, he blinked and peeped dryly. HE just keeps on improving. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I am caring for him best I can. I tried to get him to eat, and noticed that his front legs were twisted the wrong way, and bent unnaturally. What can I do for him? And please don’t say a vet because my mother refuses to pay for a vet visit for a toad. Any help would be appriciated. Thanks!

  669. Togot

    On March 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Poppyhop, If he somehow broke his front leg, it’s possible he couldn’t get to his water dish and got dehydrated. Has he been moving around on his own? If not, you may have to mist him with a water bottle to help keep him from drying out again. Since you can’t take him to a vet, there’s little you can do about his leg on your own I’m afraid

  670. Zoo Keeper

    On April 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Hi. I have a problem and this seems to be the only place to turn for help. My son caught what I believe is an eastern aemrican toad about seven months ago. Yoki, the toad, has almost doubled in size and is now slightly bigger than a golf ball. He is very active and as best I can tell is happy- he chirps whenever my my wife picks him up.

    Recently, the school science teacher gave our son two florida chameleons (sp?) that my son named Master Chief and Arbiter after the Halo 3 characters. The teacher said they would be fine with the toad, but today I noticed that Arbiter, the bigger of the two, is missing. I suppose it’s possible he escaped during a feeding, but is it possible he became lunch?

  671. Togot

    On April 16, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Zoo Keeper, I’ve never kept chameleons with toads since they prefer different environments, but as for whether or not your toad ate one of them, a toad will eat anything that it can catch and swallow. You said the toad was pretty small and it’s the larger chameleon that is missing. Obvious jokes about chameleons disappearing aside, it is more likely that it simply got out. Chameleons are exceptional climbers. To find it, try putting out a heat lamp on a hanging towel near the cage. A chameleon will probably gravitate towards the heat like bait.

  672. Toad catcher

    On April 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Can i keep a toad in a jar or does it have to be in a tank????

  673. Togot

    On April 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Toad catcher, I’m afraid a jar would be too small to make for a permanent home for a toad. Toads need a water dish and a hiding spot as well as some room to move around in

  674. animalnerd

    On April 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Hi!! I stumbled across your page by accident but it has been very enlightening!
    I was wondering if it is ok to bring in an adult toad as a pet or if the transition would be too stressful for it. There is a toad (I believe it is an American toad or possibly a Fowler’s toad) that has recently appeared in the window well that faces my patio. The window well is at least a foot and a half deep, so I’m not sure if it is able to get out on its own. The toad is about 3 or 4 inches long, so I think that it is fully grown or close to it.
    Would it be better to take it out of the window well and make it an shelter near my patio or to bring it inside (I have a 10-gal fish tank that I could fix up for it)? I live immediately behind a soccer field, so there is no real shade in the immediate vicinity and I’m concerned that if I just let it go it will have difficulty finding a suitable place to live. I’m also a bit worried about creating an outside home for it because I live in a group of side-by-side apartments and my immediate neighbor has an outdoor cat that frequently wanders across the patios, and he definitely enjoys chasing things (he loves to stalk chipmunks!).
    I’ve had cats, dogs, fish, and even raised some caterpillars in the past but I really don’t know much about amphibians. I love animals of all kinds and I want to do something to keep the toad safe, but I don’t want it to be unhappy if I bring it inside.
    I’d appreciate any insight or suggestions you could give me!

  675. Togot

    On April 21, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Animalnerd, It’s fairly common for toads to find their way into window wells. The areas are relatively shaded, damp, and act as insect traps, so they become a kind of outdoor cage for them. However, given the presence of a predator, you should probably take some form of precaution. If you like the idea of leaving him outside, you can try to build some kind of lid for the well so the cat can’t jump down and eat him, or bring him inside. As long as you take good care of him, I don’t think he would be unhappy. If that is a concern however, you could simply take him out to a wooded area and release him there.


    On April 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I have a big problem!!!! I found two what I think are males, both about an inch/ inch 1/2……….They are both geting really skiny!!! one even has loose skin on it (and they wernt even that big to begin with)…..they look distracted when I put bugs(rollypollies, worms,slugs,and beetles) in ther cage and don’t seem to “notice” them……It has only been a few days since I got them and I have been trying differtent methods. Just today I thought about putting a light weight rag that fits over their tank so it’s a little dark (since they are nochternal) and they’re not shy to eat……I really want to know if you think this will work until they are use to me….if not please tell me what you think will help!!! THANX!!

  677. Togot

    On April 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    TADAAAAAAHHHHHH, Make sure that they have water that’s had the chlorine removed so dehydration isn’t added to the problem, and simply leave the room when you are feeding them. If your presence is what’s stressing them, then not being around should help solve the problem. It could also be that they are competing for food. Try putting them in separate containers during feeding time and see if that helps

  678. animalnerd

    On April 24, 2011 at 1:14 am

    thanks for the advice! my roommate and I have decided to try bringing the toad inside. we set up a 10 gallon fish tank with a couple inches of dirt (some organic potting soil, no pesticides or artificial fertilizers) with some of the dead leaves from the window well on top, a shallow bowl of water (bottled spring water), and a small stone reptile house from the pet store for it to hide under. does this seem like a good arrangement?

    i am fairly confident that it is a female American toad. so far she seems a little restless/scared, trying to climb the sides of the tank whenever she sees someone. i covered three sides of the tank with black paper to limit her field of vision so she isn’t constantly freaking out but she still doesn’t like it when we get too close. what would be a good way to get her used to our presence and show her that we aren’t going to hurt her? also, what would be a good way to entice her to eat? we put in a few live spiders as well as a couple of freeze-dried crickets from the pet store, but she doesn’t seem to be eating. could it just be that she is too anxious from the change in environment to eat?

    we’ve decided to call her caroline; my roommate liked the name charles (as in darwin lol–she’s a biology major if you couldn’t guess) but since it’s a girl I thought caroline would be more appropriate. i really hope that we can get her to settle down so that we can keep her.

    any tips you have would be much appreciated! i’ll keep you updated as to how she does!

  679. animalnerd

    On April 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

    also, i see from previous posts that we will need to get a vitamin supplement to periodically put on our toad’s food. what exactly should i be looking for? the local pet store had supplements for various kinds of reptiles, but nothing specifically for toads or other amphibians. thanks again!

  680. Togot

    On April 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Animalnerd, that setup should do fine. Once she learns to associate you with food, she will calm down a bit. Toads prefer live food such as crickets or worms. The movement triggers their predatory instincts. As for vitamins, the main thing you want is something with calcium. Crickets and most other insects don’t have much, and toads need it like most vertebrates for their bones. Gut loading crickets before feeding them to your pet also increases their nutritional value

  681. Eddie

    On April 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Hi there, Togot. I have just found 12 black tadpoles in a small pond where water has formed after alot of rain we have had. I do believe they are Eastern American Toad tadpoles, some are tiny and some are decent sized. What I would like to know is, how long do you think before they turn into Toadlets? I have attached 2 pictures for you to see. I am switching them to a 10 gallon tank, with some plants I found growing in the water there, and they will also have a way out of the water when they start turning into a Toadlet.

    How long do you think it will take them from now to turn into a Toadlet?

  682. Togot

    On April 29, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Eddie, it should only take a few weeks (3-4) for them to change into small toads. Toads change faster than frogs and breed earlier in the year

  683. animalnerd

    On April 30, 2011 at 6:15 am

    thanks again for your help! caroline is doing much better. she’s still a bit skittish around people but she has definitely calmed down. i got her some crickets from the pet store which she really seems to like. i think she is gaining weight already! she wasn’t skinny when we first brought her in, but now she is starting to get distinctly chubby! she seems to like hunting the crickets; she really takes her time sneaking up on them before snapping them up lol. she actually sort of crawls like a lizard. is that normal? i’m not sure i’ve ever actually seen her hop.

    also, i was wondering if you have any idea how far toads are able to travel on their own? i just can’t figure out where she came from. i’ve never seen any other toads in my neighborhood and there are no areas with even small amounts of standing water for breeding within a good half mile or so. growing up my grandmother had a very dense row of hosta plants growing against a garage wall and there were always tons of toads that lived under them, but the area i live in now is mostly rental properties so the neighbors’ gardens are pretty limited. i was really just kind of curious about it!

  684. Togot

    On May 2, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Animalnerd, toads only hop to avoid danger or travel long distance. When stalking prey, they are far more deliberate. Toads can travel a good distance. They are more terrestrial than frogs, and only really need to go near water sources for breeding. Since toads develop much faster than frogs, they can spawn in even smaller sources of water such as the inside of a truck tire or a kiddy pool left neglected.

  685. GallowsRobber

    On May 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Hello, me and my friend recently found some toads behind our dorm building and i was wondering if it was ok to house one temporarily in a large critter keeper she seems to be doing fine shes eaten about 6 crickets since yesterday when i caught her. I have a 10 gallon tank with my Pacman frog Guinness in it which i was thinking of splitting down the middle with plexi glass so they could share it, or is that not a good idea

  686. Togot

    On May 7, 2011 at 11:49 am

    GallowsRobber, depending on the size of the toad, it should be alright to keep it in a critter carrier as long as you meet its needs. If the two animals are the same relative size, it shouldn’t be a problem making them neighbors.

  687. Cat

    On May 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Togot. :) I live in Illinois, near a decent sized pond, and a stream, so I’m pretty sure I will be able to find some Toads. My only concern is that I won’t be able to catch enough food for my future pet. Since I’m not very good at catching bugs, or even noticing them for that matter.

    Do you think just buying it food from a store like Suburban Reptile might work? As long as I bought a variety?

  688. Togot

    On May 10, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Cat, buying crickets and mealworms from a pet store is a good way to feed your pet since there’s no risk of pesticides. They also have vitamin supplements to help round out the diet.

  689. ankhay121

    On May 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    hi, I just caught two small fowlers toads a few days ago, and in my research I found something about toads developing an infection if they are kept in captivity for more than two weeks. It was only on one site, and the person who wrote it had really bad grammar and probably cannot be trusted, but I would like to know if there is any truth to that. Also, my tank is set up according to the instructions on this page, but my toads are not burrowing for some reason. Is this a cause for concern, or should I just wait?

  690. Togot

    On May 12, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Ankhay121, I’ve been keeping toads for well over a decade, and I’ve never noticed any kind of infection just from being kept in captivity. Animals that develop disease do so due to improper care. As long as you take good care of them, they should do well.

  691. jolly

    On May 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    i want 2 mate my toads what should i do

  692. Togot

    On May 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Jolly, get a male and female of comparable size and put them in a setup with a large water container which they can get into and out of easily. Make sure the water is dechlorinated. The two should mate in early spring, and once you see the eggs, you can remove the water container and transfer the eggs to their own tank. Check my article on raising tadpoles for more information.

  693. Shianne

    On May 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Every year when we reopen our underground pool for the summer we have HUNDREDS of tadpoles, so I took a few out before cleaning the pool to try and raise toads. I have had these tadpoles for roughly two weeks now which I’m almost certain are American Toads and one tadpole has gotten a little bigger yet the other two have gotten smaller! No legs have grown on any of them yet either. I watch them happily eat the dandelion leaves I put in the water daily however I don’t know if I am doing something wrong for them? I also have the algae filled water from the pool before it was cleaned is the water they are in so plenty of food to eat? It has been in the 70’s here and I have been keeping their tank right by the window to get lots of sun and heat.

  694. Togot

    On May 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Shianne, it might be that they are starting to absorb their tails and will soon change. Try to make sure they don’t get too much heat, you don’t want to cook them.

  695. jessie

    On May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I just found this two toads in my backyard and I did\’t want them 2 get mowed by my dad so I took them in, there home is soil, grass, and a little water. I don\’t kno wut 2 do wit them. Ones a bit bigger then the other. There\’s no creaks where I live so and can\’t drop them off some where. I don\’t kno how to catch food 4 them and I NEED HELP!! PLZ HELP ME!!

  696. jessie

    On May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I just found this two toads in my backyard and I did\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t want them 2 get mowed by my dad so I took them in, there home is soil, grass, and a little water. I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t kno wut 2 do wit them. Ones a bit bigger then the other. There\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s no creaks where I live so and can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t drop them off some where. I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t kno how to catch food 4 them and I NEED HELP!! PLZ HELP ME!!

  697. jessie

    On May 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I just found this two toads in my backyard and I did\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t want them 2 get mowed by my dad so I took them in, there home is soil, grass, and a little water. I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t kno wut 2 do wit them. Ones a bit bigger then the other. There\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s no creaks where I live so and can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t drop them off some where. I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t kno how to catch food 4 them and I NEED HELP!! PLZ HELP ME!!

  698. Togot

    On May 21, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Jessie, the fact that you found them in your yard proves they don’t need to be near a creek. Toads are far more terrestrial than frogs, and they only go near larger sources of water for breeding. Otherwise they survive on rain water, small puddles, and the moisture in the soil for the most part. Releasing them in a wooded area near your home should be fine for them.

  699. Shianne

    On May 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Well, so far the smallest tadpole died :( The other two are still getting bigger and bigger so hopefully they will grow. Still no legs yet though and the tails are growing bigger with their bodies so it’s quite odd. Hopefully they will make it and be okay. Most of the other Toads in the area are already tadpoles with legs though so I’m kind of concerned why mine are still legless. I put a thermometer in the water the day temp is 79 night temp around 76.

  700. Toadi'sMum

    On May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Hello Togot, I live in Wales, UK and found a common garden toad on the lawn last week. Was just sitting there, don’t know where she came from. Think she’s female as she makes no noise. Very fond of her already but I worry she is not happy. Doesn’t move a lot, but I wouldn’t say she is thin. She seems to enjoy mealworms – how often should she have them and how many? With her being a wild toad, I thought that garden soil and leaves would be ok, rather than pet shop bought stuff, what do you think? Using bottled water in a plantpot saucer. Want to make her happy, please help.

  701. Togot

    On May 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Shianne, that should be alright for them, even a little warmer if you like.

  702. Togot

    On May 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Toadi’sMum, the problem with gardening soil is that it often contains pesticides which will poion your pet. Toads are gluttons, so you don’t have to worry about overfeeding them. If they are fat, they are happy.

  703. Toadi'sMum

    On May 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you.

  704. amphrepgirl

    On May 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Togot~ My daughter found an injured toad in our yard. It is bleeding from a patch behind it’s left eye. The eye looks injured, too. It did have small bugs on the injury. We brought it in and put in in an appropriate habitat in an aquarium to give it a break from the bugs & elements. I am wondering if you have any experience with injuries and would have any advice. We hope there is a chance for this girl. Thanks.

  705. Togot

    On May 29, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Amphrepgirl, if you think the injury might be life-threatening, try to find an exotic vet in your area. Otherwise, go to the pet store to look for any antibacterial additives they have for amphibians. Make sure you also keep the water clean to prevent infection setting in.

  706. Harvey

    On June 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    ive just caught three toads they other day and have created a wonderful home but im worried because one of my toads hasnt eaten for the last 3 days since ive gotten it the other 2 are always stuffing there face is there anything that you recommend

  707. Togot

    On June 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Harvey, try removing the hungry toad from the other two and feed him separately. It could be that the others are just getting the food first.

  708. toad catcher

    On June 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    i just caught a toad and i put alot of food in its tank but it wont eat i gave it black crickets,flies,worms and some other bugs but it wont eat????What can i do???

  709. Find catch keep man

    On June 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hello Togot I caught my toad 2 days ago and love him but I don’t know what to feed him he’s a eastern american toad and I can’t tell if he’s a boy or girl can you please anwser my question

  710. Togot

    On June 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Toad catcher, it’s probably because you just caught it. Toads can take a little while to adjust to their new living situations, and he still might be afraid of you. Try leaving the room after you feed him.

  711. Togot

    On June 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Find catch keep man, crickets, beetles and such should be fine. Males have a discolored throat, usually yellowish, and croak when you grip them gently around the waist.

  712. Baby Toads

    On June 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Togo,
    My brother and I just found 6 toads as small as ants on the side of the road today! We took your advice on setting up the cage and everything else but we don’t know what to feed them because they’re so small!
    Please help us,
    Baby Toads

  713. Togot

    On June 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Baby Toads, try wingless fruit flies which you can buy at most pet stores, or catching smaller ants outside. Those would probably be the easiest food sources.

  714. hannah

    On June 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    ok so i just got two baby toads i heard tap water will kill them will distelled water be ok?

  715. alec

    On June 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    hey togot
    i would like to release a toad i caught in the wild a year ago back into the wild
    can i
    if i do will the toad die
    please respond

  716. macadi63

    On June 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hi, we like to catch toads and keep them for summertime pets (only). We then release them when school starts (if we’re very busy) or just before winter (so they can hibernate outside). So, I’m familiar with how to keep them. I just caught one today, though, and she is very fat. She has a large enough container of water to sit in, but I haven’t seen her sit in it all day. I have an old half of a coconut shell, but not sure if the opening is large enough for her to get under it. We don’t use soil … we use these light brown/tan small stones that are smooth and cool. It worked for the other toads. Anyway, the bottom line is that she has been spending the last few hours moving the stones around as if she is trying to bury herself in them. Is that normal, i.e. as if she’s trying to bury herself in soil? Or, is she pregnant and perhaps I should release her right away? How can you tell if a toad is pregnant? Will she lay eggs in her little body-sized water bowl?

  717. Togot

    On June 14, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Hannah, I believe that will be alright. What kills them in tap water is the chlorine and chloromides. As long as you don’t have that, they should be ok.

  718. Togot

    On June 14, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Alec, that should be fine. I often release pets that I’ve caught in the wild once they are of mature age to give them a chance to breed.

  719. Togot

    On June 14, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Macadi63, toads don’t get pregnant the way people do. When female toads wish to mate, they seek out males and they both go to the water where the female lays eggs which the male then fertilizes. Trying to burry herself is normal toad behavior. Try giving her damp soil, or a hiding place you know she can get into so she will feel secure.

  720. Lance

    On June 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Hey Togot, i have about 8 toads in one box is it ok to keep them in a box?, second i cant catch flys without killing them and they seem not to eat the dead ones and do fireflies work?,also i have one named cameron that i adore and he wont eat but i will check if some of the flys are gone tomorrow and update me if you got any thing thanks,

  721. Togot

    On June 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Lance, cardboard boxes can dry out a toads skin, and it also disintegrates over time due to waste and moisture. You can try feeding them a variety of insects including beetles, wood lice, ants, and mealworms which you can get at most pet stores. If one of them won’t eat, it could be because he’s stressed. Try putting him in his own feeding cage alone and leave the room after presenting him with food.

  722. nicodimus22

    On June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Togot. I have 3 baby Fowler’s toads which are each about 3/4 of an inch long. Right now they are in a half-gallon rectangular aquarium designed for bettas, which is OK for the moment since they are so tiny. I have been feeding them a combination of ants and flightless fruit flies, and they are growing quickly.

    My question is, how large an aquarium will 3 adult Fowler’s toads need to be comfortable and healthy if I decide to keep them all? 10 gallon? 20? I imagine within a couple of weeks I should upgrade their habitat, and I’m just trying to plan ahead.

    Pics here if they interest you:

    Thanks for any input.

  723. Togot

    On June 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Nicodimus22, for toads, I find that a large pet co pet keeper works well. It’s wide and spacious without being tall which works well for toads. The only downside is that smaller insect can escape through the air slits along the sides.

  724. animal lover

    On June 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    HI Togot.. ive been reading all your posts. We live by a pond and wooded area..and have tons and tons of toads hoping freely around on the sidewalks… because they are so small..many just get killed and walked on. Ive tried catching them..and moving them to safer surroundings. I hate to see so many get killed and stepped on . I want to keep one for a pet…is this possible??How do I do so? I guess I just feel.. i try saving so many…id like to know at least one survived!!!

  725. nicodimus22

    On June 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

    ^ This is exactly why I took in my toads. They were on an incredibly busy and narrow section of trail where one side of the trail was water and the other was a steep hill, and every few minutes someone would come by and smoosh a few more by walking on them. They looked like insects, and pretty much nobody even noticed they were stepping on them.

    Before taking one in, there are a few things to consider:

    -Check to make sure it’s not an endangered species, like the Eastern Spadefoot in my area. I know ID can be tough when they are so tiny, so just bear it in mind when you’re watching them grow.

    -They will only eat live food, so you would need to catch, raise, or buy live feeder insects for them. I feed mine a combination of small ants (caught) and flightless fruit flies (bought at petco.) As adults, they will eat crickets, mealworms, flies, etc and will need a little vitamin spray on their food sometimes.

    -Most species live at least 5 years, and some as long as 10-15, so this is a time commitment on par with a dog or cat. Also keep in mind you will need to have a toad-sitter who will be willing to feed them if you go on vacation for any length of time.

    -DO NOT USE TAP WATER. Amphibians absorb water through their skin, and are very sensitive to chemicals such as chlorine, which can kill them. Buy spring water in a gallon jug instead, and wash your hands with it before and after handling the toads.

    -Make sure you read up on how to set up a habitat so your toad is happy and healthy. Avoid moss and tiny stones, as your toad can ingest these by accident and die from them getting stuck in the digestive tract. Make sure it has a hiding place, some loose substrate the toad can dig in, a small water dish no deeper than the height of the toad, good ventilation, and a firm lid. If you’re looking for something ideal for a tiny toad to start out, wal*mart has these half-gallon betta tanks for under $5 that have a ventilated lid and are great IMO. Once they get bigger, you’ll need to upgrade.

    I’m sure Togot can answer more, but this is the basics of what I’ve learned from researching the past few weeks after rescuing my toadlets.

  726. RoBlOx dUdE

    On June 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Togot,thank you so much.i just caught one today!(i named it togi :P ) anyways,just saying i love this.thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  727. RoBlOx DuDe

    On June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    oh,and its like about 1 and one half/thirds of an inch. ITS SO CUTE!ive NEVER thought that toads were ugly.acctually, think they one of the most prettiest animals besides snakes.

    (oh,and its pronounced *to-ji* ^_^)

  728. RoBlOx DuDe

    On July 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    hey togot!today,togi isnt eating the ants i gave(caught by myself and im ten :D not bragging) him but when i got back most of them were gone! :D
    guess he is eating. :P
    aka RoBlOx DuDe

  729. Evel

    On July 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hi, I live near a large pond and I’ve been finding tons of baby toads all over my back yard. I have read all the requirements and went shopping to buy everything that the toads would need. But how many should I have? I own a 40 gallon tank and there are literally hundreds of tiny, dime-sized baby toads at my disposal. Will they get too crowded if I have alot?

  730. nicodimus22

    On July 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

    When they are young, they don’t need as much space. As adults, a general rule of thumb for minimum space is a 10-gallon tank for one toad, and for each additional toad, add 5 gallons. So:

    1 toad = 10 gallon tank
    2 toads = 15 gallon tank
    3 toads = 20 gallon tank
    4 toads = 25 gallon tank
    5 toads = 30 gallon tank
    6 toads = 35 gallon tank
    7 toads = 40 gallon tank

    You are going to need a lot more space if you’re going to be keeping hundreds of them. You will also need to culture your own crickets, as you will need at least 10-12 a week per toad when they are adults. You’ll also have to give them fresh dechlorinated water every single day, and change the substrate, and spot-clean the poop. In my opinion, it’s going to be way too much to keep up with when there are hundreds of adults, and it will get expensive.

    My recommendation is to put most of the toads back in your yard, and keep a few for yourself, taking great care of them. It wouldn’t really be that much more fun to have 200 toads than it would be to have 5 toads, it’s just a lot more work and money. Decide now how many toads you are willing to take really good care of when they are big, and let the rest go.

    If you haven’t already, I would buy the coconut shell fiber to use as substrate to reduce the risk of impaction. You can feed toadlets flightless fruit flies (available at petco) or pinhead crickets, or even ants although they are not high in nutritional value. It is especially important that toads have good nutrition during their youth. (I’m talking about insect-dusting powder, such as Repashy’s ICB+) You will want to use the powder every day for toadlets, and at every other feeding or once a week for adults.

    This place is great to pick up some basic knowledge, but it’s really just a long list of comments, rather than an active forum. If you want a place to ask specific questions where lots of toad owners can give you advice, you might want to go here as well:

  731. Evel

    On July 4, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Ok, thanks.

  732. kiwikayli

    On July 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    k so my aunts friend caute me two frogs and i have like brack floores and a wood hut thing and a thing of water and then i have tadpoles and i dont know what they put i know they like lettus and algie and two are geting legs and the wont eat the algie and the lettus i read in a book i should give them meat is lunch meat ok

  733. kiwikayli

    On July 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    bark i ment

  734. kiwikayli

    On July 7, 2011 at 12:29 am


  735. Togot

    On July 7, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Kiwikayli, yes you can try small bits of lunchmeat, but be aware that the oils in the meat might make the water a bit foggy

  736. kiwikayli

    On July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    thanks and how do i know the gender

  737. Togot

    On July 8, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Kiwikayli, Males have a discolored throat and will croak if you grip them under their front legs.

  738. kiwkayli

    On July 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    thanks this helps alot

  739. Romania

    On July 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I am living in ROM and I got some Bombina variegata or yellow bellied toads, how should I keep them right now I have a toadlet, a young toad and a full grown one. I have a lot of water in their habitat some rocks and a Small colony of ants but not much dirt.

  740. Romania

    On July 12, 2011 at 4:16 am

    one more thing how do you tell apart male and female yellow bellied toads? I have looked at there throats but they all seem to have a discoloration. My toadlet seems to have a loss of pigment just below the neck, is it sick?

  741. Willow

    On July 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hello, I am new to this site and let me tell you, you give great advice. As to the fake tagot, i am sorry about his foolishness. Well my brother brought home a toad and gave him/her to me. I beleive that he/she is a girl. For now, I call her Mackie. she has a plain under belly and doesnt make a sound when i touch behind her legs. I cant figure out what type of toad Mackie is. D: She is a grayish color and instead of big bumps she has a lot of small bumps. Also, The water that i buy from the store, do you think that it is okay to use? I dont have a natural resources i can get water from right now.

  742. Willow

    On July 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm


  743. Togot

    On July 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Romania, I’m afraid I have no real experience with that particular species, but keeping toads of varying size together can be dangerous as the larger ones may eat their smaller room mates.

  744. Togot

    On July 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Willow, most spring waters don’t have chlorine in them, and that’s the chemical that is harmful to amphibians in tap water. As for what species you have, here is a link that may help you identify your pet.

  745. Romania

    On July 13, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Well the biggest toad is gone he got out and I can’t find it. The other too won’t eat each other. Im leaving so I will have to let them go.

  746. Romania

    On July 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I have found someone to take care of my toads but had all ready set them free. I caught some more along with a baby Moor frog how should a take care of it?

  747. romania

    On July 14, 2011 at 1:05 am

    The moor frog baby got out.

  748. Romania

    On July 14, 2011 at 1:43 am

    The baby Moor frog got out. But I have 2 tadpoles to replace him or her. I also found some toad spawn in the tank.

  749. susan

    On July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I have two baby toads but i dont know what kind they are. they are really small, smaller than a dime. i cant get them to eat and i have tried tiny beetles and ants. i am really worried.

    please help me,

  750. Togot

    On July 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Susan, you can also try wingless fruit flies which can be found in most pet stores, and make sure they are alone and in relative darkness when they are eating. They might be intimidated by the big human watching them, thinking that if they move they’ll be the ones eaten

  751. Romania

    On July 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I couldn’t find someone to take care of toads and frogs so I have to let them go.

  752. Romania

    On July 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I couldn’t find someone to take care of toads and frogs so I have to let them go.

  753. Romania

    On July 15, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I couldn\’t find someone to take care of toads and frogs so I have to let them go.

  754. Lauren

    On July 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have found a baby toad that’s only a half an inch long. I’m really worried about him because he eats about ten of those flightless fruit flies plus more bugs that I find outside A DAY! I know that they are supposed to eat a lot, but is it too much? If it is, how many should I give him?

  755. Paul

    On July 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Togot, I’ve read all ur messages and they are really use full i have 4 baby toads and i caught 1 beadle and i wonder if they all will eat it. It’s pretty big though

  756. Paul

    On July 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Lauren, u should give it 3 for breakfast,lunch, and dinner or just drop them all in so when ever hungry the toad can just eat them. Or sometimes when about to feed try talking to it.

  757. Paul10

    On July 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I dont know if toads need a big place to live in

  758. Baby Toad

    On July 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Hi I found a baby toad in my pool so we saved it and my son wants to keep it I was wonder will it be ok to keep him cause I know clorine is bad from them and i an not sure how long he has been in there. Do you think he will be ok?

  759. Baby Toad

    On July 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    and I have one more question we put some live plants in the tank so he can hide is that ok?

  760. Togot

    On July 21, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Baby Toad, chlorine causes damage to an amphibian’s liver over long periods of time. Giving him cover to hide under should be fine.

  761. Togot

    On July 21, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Paul, toads will eat anything small enough for them to swallow. Even each other if they can. A ten gallon terrarium should be good for one full grown toad.

  762. Togot

    On July 21, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Lauren, I’ve never heard of overfeeding a toad, but if you are worried, just giving him a few everyday should be fine. If he starts looking skinny, increase his diet.

  763. animalnerd

    On July 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Togot, thanks for your help before. Our big toad is doing well and really warming up to being around people! In the meantime, though, my roommate\’s little sisters caught several very small baby toads. Two have died but we still have two left. They are only about a half inch long and I am fairly certain they are both American toads. My question is about what we can feed them. They are much too tiny to eat crickets from the pet store, so we have been giving them ants. However, on one occasion we had too many ants at once and they swarmed the toads and since then the toad seem to be scared of the ants. We have tried feeding them in their tank as well as in a separate container, and feeding them individually and together. They are still eating the occasional ant, but they seem to be losing weight. Do you have any suggestions for what else we could try feeding them? Thanks!!

  764. toadziller my toads name!!!!!

    On July 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    i have this toad i had for about a week i found in cannon hill common so back to the point is so u no i have had her for about a week and everytime i pick her up she is all chubby and then after she has been sitting on my top on my laptop with me i then picked her up and she went all skinny shoul i be worried or not someone help me??

  765. nicodimus22

    On July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    “My question is about what we can feed them. They are much too tiny to eat crickets from the pet store, so we have been giving them ants.”

    The best thing for tiny baby toads would probably be flightless fruit flies dusted with a supplement powder such as Repashy’s ICB+ daily. Petco sells the flies and the supplement powder is online for around $9. Once they get big enough, you can start with small crickets. The general rule of thumb is “don’t feed them anything wider than their head.” Feeding them in a separate container is also what I do with mine, because it lowers the risk of impaction, makes them associate me with food, and helps them get used to a small amount of handling.

  766. Little Toadette

    On July 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Hii everyone!!!!! i am a 12 year old girl who is CRAZY ABOUT ANIMALS!!! today i caught 2 very small toads about the size of my pinky. i havn’t had time to get anything from the petstore but they have a very nice setup (i have had toads before). the thing is that when i try to feed them, the look like they are about to snap at it, the just jump away really quikly. is it just that they need more time to adjust??? thanks for all the help!!! <3

  767. nicodimus22

    On July 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    It could be that they are still feeling stressed about the new environment, or nervous when you are nearby. Do you have a place for them to hide and a substrate they can dig in if they want to? What are you trying to feed them?

  768. Togot

    On July 26, 2011 at 3:09 am

    toadziller my toads name!!!!!, I’m not entirely sure what you mean. if your toad lost weight, you should increase its diet, but I don’t see how it could go from being fat to being skinny in one day.

  769. Little Toadette

    On July 27, 2011 at 12:35 am

    me again!! haha this morning one of them at a small fly. i think it’s just weird because when i try to feed them like a small beetle, they just hope away like they are scared crazy. It just doesn’t make any sense

  770. animal lover

    On August 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for your help nicodimus22, great advice.

  771. frogerd

    On August 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    hi im a great amphibian lover and i had a question about toads (i have one) how long would it take for it to get used to its new home i might have another question that will come later

  772. Nate frog

    On August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Togot, how harmful is mold in my toad tank? And is bottled spring water okay for a water source for toads? Finally, are vitamin powdered crickets okay for a permanent food source, or do they HAVE to have a wide variety? Thanks, I read most of your blog and anyone can tell that you know what your’re talking about.

  773. nicodimus22

    On August 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    “how long would it take for it to get used to its new home”

    Toads are a lot more hardy than frogs, in my experience. They may be stressed and not eat for a few days, but assuming that you are giving them a good environment, it shouldn’t be much more than that. My toads actually ate the next day, and seemed to need very little adjustment time.

  774. nicodimus22

    On August 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    “Togot, how harmful is mold in my toad tank? And is bottled spring water okay for a water source for toads? Finally, are vitamin powdered crickets okay for a permanent food source, or do they HAVE to have a wide variety?”

    Since Togot doesn’t always come by here on a daily basis, and I can answer these questions, I’ll add my two cents. Mold is generally not a good thing for any animal to live in. There are a couple of ways you can prevent it from happening. The first is to lower the humidity in the tank. Toads don’t need a wet environment, as long as they have access to a water dish to soak in, they will be fine. The second way is to use Eco Earth (aka coco fiber) as your substrate, which is mold-resistant as well as being an excellent choice to avoid impaction. Spring water is ideal for them, and is also what I use. Dechlorinated tap water is fine too. Crickets are good as a staple for toads. You can also culture isopods (sow bugs, pill bugs, roly-polys) which are a good source of calcium. Another thing you can do is take a butterfly net and sweep it over grass to collect food, but make sure that it’s not in an area which has been sprayed with pesticide. I don’t do this because I don’t want to accidentally feed them a poisonous bug or one that has been exposed to poison. You can try worms too. You’ll want to powder the food about once a week with adult toads, and daily for juveniles. I recommend Repashy’s ICB+ powder, which is about $9. A little of it goes a long way.

  775. toadlet keeper

    On August 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    i have 3 toadlets aka baby toads. 2 are brownish with red spots that have black outlines. other 1 is reddish orange with gray and black spots. their throats are white and bellies gray, kinda blue on 1. they all have gray spots on their bellys. so im assuming they are males can i feed them small black ants we have a whole lot. thank u so much!!

  776. toadlet keeper

    On August 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    could u tell me what species it is (pardon my spelling im only 10)

  777. nicodimus22

    On August 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I fed mine ants for the first couple of weeks, although they are not as nutritious as fruit flies (available at most chain pet stores near the fish section) dusted with supplement powder. Toadlets need a good diet even more than adults do, because they are in a developmental stage and will be growing rapidly. Toads are very difficult to ID when they are young because they look so similar, especially American vs Fowler’s. My advice would be to look up what toads live in the area where you found them, and narrow it down from there. Make sure you are providing them plenty of non-chlorinated water for them to soak in (either bottled spring water or tap water treated with the drops found in pet stores.) Good luck!

  778. WildFire1949

    On August 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I found a frog/toad yesterday and I have no idea what to feed it… It is almost as big as a dime and it is dark grey/brown with dark brown spots. It hasn\’t made any noise or anything, and today its all curled up and looks like it\’s sleeping… I have it in dirt with a little bowl of water…. What shall I do?? And ideas what it may be doing?? Kinda looks dead to me but i\’m not sure. I would love to keep it as a pet… Help me please!!! Thanks!

  779. nicodimus22

    On August 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    First, you really need to figure out if it is a frog or a toad. Frogs need a lot more particular humidity/temperature to thrive, and are more aquatic. Toads are more terrestrial, but like to sit in shallow water to soak. Regardless of which animal it is, both don’t react well (read: die) to the chlorine found in tap water, so you need to either buy jugs of spring water for it to sit in or use dechlorinating drops found in most pet stores to treat tap water. If it’s a toad, it only needs the water level up to its shoulders. Good food for a baby toad is flightless fruit flies (sold at places like petco) or small ants if you can’t find anything else at first. It may indeed be sleeping, or playing dead if it’s really stressed out. It usually takes a few days to adjust to captivity. My recommendation to you is to google Frog Forum, go there, create an account, and upload some pics for help with the ID and care. Most people there are very helpful and knowledgeable.

  780. Critter Girl

    On August 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Two days ago I caught an American toad, about 1-1/4″ long. The first day I didn’t feed it because I figured it was nervous. The second day we gave it a 1/2″ mealworm and a moth. When it didn’t eat, we tried cutting the mealworm in half. It still hasn’t eaten anything. Any suggestions?

  781. nicodimus22

    On August 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    It is possible that the toad is not eating out of stress, but in my experience they get over that shyness pretty quickly when something they like is crawling in front of them and they are hungry. Young Fowler’s toads look very similar to American toads, but they tend to not like wormy-types of food, so it’s possible that you might have one of them, or an American-Fowler’s hybrid. At that size, I would either try flightless fruit flies, or if you can find very small crickets that are no wider than the distance between the toad’s eyes at a pet store. You could also go outside with a jar and gather up a few ants and see if it’s interested in those at all. It’s better to feed a toadlet many small items then to give it a few that are too big for it to swallow and pass. If it’s still not eating for you after you try different food, try leaving it alone for an hour just in case your presence is making it nervous. Make sure it has plenty of fresh (non-chlorinated) water to soak in too. Dehydration could be another reason for a toad to stop eating.

  782. toadlet keeper

    On August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    My toads and frog died today I’m practicly crying. I kept them pretty well but I couldn’t catch enuf ants. 2 of them wouldn’t eat much ether. We were just about to go get them some pinhead crickets. i safely buried mine in the backyard. i feel so gillty right now. i am sooo deturmend to take very very go care of my wooly worm!!! i promise they will survive! oh ya im gonna change my name.

  783. critter girl

    On August 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks! She ate a cricket. (:

  784. Edward the toad luvr

    On August 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Dear Togot, Thank you for all of the help! It has really really been helpful. I have just caught a baby toad (or maybe not a baby,) and i was wondering what i should feed it. I know from all of our psts that you have much knowledge of these wonderful creatures, but i couldn’t keep all of them in my head! Do you think i could have a recatch o all the bugs i can feed to a very small and baby toad? Thank you so much, an d i wish you all mmy best regards.

  785. edward the toad luvr

    On August 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hello again Togot! I was just wondering if it was ok for you to write down the times you will b eon eastern time? Thank you! And also i would like to ask if it would be ok to keep some tap water in a glass container for a long time then putting it into the water dish for the toad? And also please tell me how much time it takes for the water to decontaminate from the chlorine. I would also like to know if that trick really works.

  786. michelle78

    On August 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Hi! My son just brought in two of the tiniest toads I’ve ever seen. I have had other fish tadpoles and stuff so I had an extra tank in the house. My question is they are so small, about the size of a. Pinky nail. What in the world is small enough to feed them that I can get out of my yard? I would love to collect the bugs to ensure the heath of the babies. My husband said we were going to kill them by keeping them. Please lead me in the right way. Thanks.

  787. Togot

    On August 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Edward the toad luvr, baby toads like small ants and wingless fruit flies, as well as small wood lice if you can find them. As they grow older, you can feed them larger prey such as beetles and crickets. I try to check this site once a day, but recent events have been keeping me very busy, so I’ve been falling behind on that. As for water, I’ve been getting conflicting information regarding how to remove chlorine and chloromides from water, so I prefer to ere on the side of caution. If you’re going to use tap water, use a dechlorinating additive to make it safe,.

  788. Togot

    On August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Michelle78, wingless fruit flies and small ants are suitable food sources for baby toads. The flies you can get at a pet store, the ants you can catch by putting a cracker or other food source in an upturned jar lid and placing it near a nest. In an hour or so, there should be ants swarming over the bait, then you just pick up the lid and dump them into a jar so you can feed them to your pet later.

  789. SallytheToad

    On August 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    My daughter and I found a toad in our window well (an American Toad, but she’s moved north to Canada ;) ). She appeared content in the window well, but I thought she’d prefer to be out and about. After her three week ‘vacation’ she returned to the window well (fell back in?) I’ve started to supplement her diet with Superworms and crickets, as I’m not sure how much she’s catching on her own. She’s become quite the tubby toad now! Anyhow, I’m feeling awful at the moment, as I added cedar chip substrate to her well, along with the coconut shavings she was previously comfortable in. Now I’ve read that the cedar chips are toxic, so I’ve scooped much of it out, but I’m worried about any residual cedar shavings and aroma, and whether the 2 day exposure she had will effect her long term. I tried to let her go again tonight (go! be free!) but next thing she was at our sliding door. No – she didn’t knock. I was worried about my dog or a raccoon eating her, so I’ve placed her back in the well ( in the coconut side) for the night, and will be cleaning out the remaining cedar tomorrow. Sorry for rambling! I think I’d be more upset than my daughter if something happened to ‘Sally.’ (I wanted ‘Hogwart’ but 4-year-old said ‘no – her name is Sally).

  790. Gillyweed's Mom

    On August 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Dear Togot, your blog is very helpful. We have a toad named Gillyweed that has lived with us since June. I just want to make sure that he will be fine with us in his aquarium all winter. We had heard that toads HAD to hibernate. How often should we change out his substrate? Just when it’s stinky? Thank you! Gillyweed’s mom

  791. Robin

    On August 25, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Hi i have never seen any toads in my local area although after taken on a pet common toad female, i kept live crickets in my bike garage and last night i put on garage light and found another large common toad female on the floor. How far would it have travelled to follow the sound of the black crickets.

    Is it ok to keep the two common female toads together the new one is slightly bigger than ours

  792. StaeshasToad

    On August 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Togot, This blog has been very helpful to us since we’ve had our toad. I do know that toads will tend to bury themselves under the dirt. My question is about the length of time he is under there. It seems to be CONSTANT!! He never comes out anymore. I am noticing the bugs are being eaten, so he must be coming out during the late late evening (12 am or later..) Is this normal???

  793. Togot

    On August 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

    SallytheToad, I’m not sure just how toxic cedar is, but if she was going to suffer ill affects, you probably would have noticed by now. Cleaning out the area should prevent anything from happening in the future, and to keep predators from getting her, add a lid over the window well with about an inch clearance to allow insects to crawl in for her.

  794. Togot

    On August 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Gillyweed’s Mom, I have had toads that hibernated no matter how warm I kept them, and those that wouldn’t even if I put them in the basement. Neither one suffered any ill affects that I could see, but it is part of their natural life cycle. When it starts to get cold outside, put your pet in the coldest room in the house, usually the basement near a window, and that usually does the trick. As for cleaning the tank. About once a month should be fine. But don’t try to do so if it is hibernating since you don’t want to disturb them during this time.

  795. Togot

    On August 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Robin, as long as one isn’t big enough to eat the other, they should be fine. It is possible that the toad was in the area and you simply couldn’t find her. Toads are usually pretty good at hiding. It wouldn’t surprise me if you end up finding a few more in your garage.

  796. Togot

    On August 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    StaeshasToad, yes, toads can be very lazy. If they are getting enough food while just sitting in one spot, they will hunker down and wait for the food to come to them rather than go looking for it. You can discourage this behavior if you want by having designated feeding times during the day rather than allowing food to constantly be in the tank. This makes your pet think that it might have to go looking for its next meal.

  797. edward the toad luvr

    On August 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Togot, me again. I wuz just wondering if it wuz ok to feed my crickets chocolate cereal, cuz u said what goes in the crickets, goes into the toad. I also wanted to know y my toad is still so small even though it always eats it’s cricktes. I know this because even when i stare at it it eats the crickets. Is that weird or normal? PLEASE HELP

  798. Madi

    On August 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    hey! after reading this and some comments, i really want a pet toad. there are always a bunch on my bbq outside on my deck. and i have an outlet creek and woods not even 100ft from my back door so everything would be easy to get! there are a TON of bugs on my front porch, most of them moths so i am not worried about food. but my mom thinks it would be a very cruel thing to do since they are “having a good time outside already.” she compaired it to “keeping me locked in my room.” so if you have any advice on how to persuade her. like any facts or anything, that would be GREAT! thanks so much! ~Madi

  799. nicodimus22

    On September 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    It’s not a black-and white issue. On one hand, your mom is right…you are taking its freedom away. On the other hand, you would also be taking away the toad’s risk of getting eaten, lawn mowed, run over, starved, frozen, poisoned, etc…you would need to do some research before taking one in. Have the tank, food, and dechlorinated water ready beforehand if you go through with this. Also realize that you will most likely need to buy it food, especially in the winter if it doesn’t hibernate. If you’re not willing to buy food, give it treated water daily, and do the tank right, don’t take it in. They are fairly low-maintenance pets but you do need to be a responsible owner as with anything else.

  800. Dawn

    On September 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I am very worried about our baby toad. I have kept him well supplied with small grasshoppers which he ate at first, but now he is very skinny and won’t eat…despite having a steady supply of food. I figured I should try something other than the grasshoppers, so I bought some baby crickets and put a small earthworm in with him, but he hasn’t eaten either. He made one attempt at a cricket, but was not successful. Is there anything you would suggest to try?

  801. Dawn

    On September 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    If a toad has absorbed too much chlorine, is there anything you can do? I switched him to bottled water a couple of days ago, but had been using tap water without knowing it was harmful. :(

  802. Togot

    On September 5, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Dawn, you can try moving him to another container when feeding to make it easier to catch prey, but if he can’t eat, there is little you can do. It is difficult to feed a toad with an eye dropper without breaking their jaw. As for chlorine, long term exposure damages their liver. I’m afraid I don’t know any way to counter this other than using clean water to try and clean his system before the damage is fatal.

  803. Dawn

    On September 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you Togot! He has spent much of his time soaking in the clean water, so I’m hopeful that he will be able to get rid of the chlorine. And, I noticed this morning that he ate one of the crickets. Hooray! I’ll just wait it out and keep him supplied with clean water and plenty of food. Thank you again for a very helpful site and your reply. :) He is only about the size of a quarter…assuming he survives, how large do toads get?

  804. Togot

    On September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Dawn, depending on the species, about the size of your palm. females are a bit bigger than males

  805. Alisha

    On September 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I am just wondering, my 7 year old daughter had 2 toads and they both were outside and We went out to check on them and feed them , one was dried out and dead, and the other one we sprayed some water on it and its been ok, but the problem is the toad still has not eating any of its food and its been a week now, what do I do and is that one about to die.. Please let me know.. Thanks..

  806. kdog

    On September 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Greetings, I have some questions about our American toad who is sick. We have had him for several months and he has done very well up until about 10 days ago. He has lost a lot of his weight and I noticed a sore on his front leg up close to his body. When he moves around his enclosure he does so with his belly held high up off the ground. He refuses his crickets but not for lack of strength to eat since he certainly puts up a fuss when you pick him up. Does any one have any thoughts as to what the problem may be and if so how to best help this guy out? Please reply. Thanks.

  807. matt

    On September 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

    ok i caught my toad last night and i gave him a little of my bathroom sink water but this water does not taste as clean as my upstairs water. He was still alive this morning but im really scared hes gonna die can someone get back to me? :’(

  808. AubryRidley

    On September 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Some times if a toad is too stressed from being taken out of the wild it will Not eat. Just a little helpful piece of information… i read it in several books and the worker at my local pet store told me.

    :) you have very good information on here i just figured that i could what i know

  809. edward the toad luvr

    On September 9, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Togot, its me. I was just wondering if american toads or fowler’s toads (dont know what type mine is:P) can change color. Also ive been wondering if my american toad/ fowler’s will grow anybigger. its been like 3 weeks now and hes grown fatter but hes still the same size. PLEASE HELP

  810. Togot

    On September 10, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Alisha, it could still be dehydrated, or suffering some other long term affects. Make sure it has a water dish to soak in and keep trying to feed it small insects.

  811. Togot

    On September 10, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Matt, tap water from any sink isn’t good for toads. Try to get dechlorinated water, or a dechlorinating additive for it.

  812. Togot

    On September 10, 2011 at 12:16 am

    edward the toad luvr, although I’ve never known them to really change color, when they shed their skin they are certainly brighter for a time. Toads take a year or two to reach adult size. It’s not going to happen before your eyes

  813. shelly

    On September 10, 2011 at 1:07 am

    have had our american toad for about 4 weeks in my sons bedroom. noticed a foul smell today. Are you supposed to empty and replace their dirt regularly? Or is this normal? Thanks

  814. Mida Jane

    On September 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Thank you for all the information on keeping a toad as a pet!!
    but i have one question.
    I have alot of toads coming and going or living in my backyard, the backyard is pretty giant, there are a huge amount of crickets crawling on the walkway all around the border, i think thats what attracts them. But there is no pond or lake near my house as i know of, but this one river in the forest next to my neighborhood pool, but it carries sewage water, so i dont know wear they come from!

    Its about to become fall in about 2 weeks, and today i found a small baby toad (its smaller than 2 inches) and it was all alone so i felt kinda bad for it. i wanted to keep it as a pet,and watch it grow, but i didnt know what was going to happen to it when the cold weather comes in.
    But will toads(any age) just stay buried in the dirt you give them in captivity, during cold temperatures and then still come out at night for food? Or will they completley shut down buried in cold temperatures? When will they come out?
    The baby toad had white stuff that kinda looked like fuzz on its belly. Is that a sign of a disease maybe?
    If i kept the baby toad would it develope in a 10 gallon tank?

    Also a previous female american toad was living in my yard for quite awhile she always came out every night where i didnt have to search for her. i really loved her because she seemed happy where she lived and she lookes healthy and plump. She was about he size of a digital camera.
    Last week she had disapeared, idk why though. She looked like she was pregnant because she was kinda bloated. THough you can never tell sometimes. And then i heard that she could be sick. The last day i visited her it was raining hard, and i brought her under a plastic picnic table on my deck where i usually find her, so she would get out of the rain.
    Do you think she went to look for water to have her babies?

    I Hope You See This, Thanks!! :]
    -Mida (mee-duh) :D

  815. Mida Jane

    On September 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Thank you for all the information on keeping a toad as a pet!!
    but i have one question.
    I have alot of toads coming and going or living in my backyard, the backyard is pretty giant, there are a huge amount of crickets crawling on the walkway all around the border, i think thats what attracts them. But there is no pond or lake near my house as i know of, but this one river in the forest next to my neighborhood pool, but it carries sewage water, so i dont know wear they come from!

    Its about to become fall in about 2 weeks, and today i found a small baby toad (its smaller than 2 inches) and it was all alone so i felt kinda bad for it. i wanted to keep it as a pet,and watch it grow, but i didnt know what was going to happen to it when the cold weather comes in.
    But will toads(any age) just stay buried in the dirt you give them in captivity, during cold temperatures and then still come out at night for food? Or will they completley shut down buried in cold temperatures? When will they come out?
    The baby toad had white stuff that kinda looked like fuzz on its belly. Is that a sign of a disease maybe?
    If i kept the baby toad would it develope in a 10 gallon tank?

    Also a previous female american toad was living in my yard for quite awhile she always came out every night where i didnt have to search for her. i really loved her because she seemed happy where she lived and she lookes healthy and plump. She was about he size of a digital camera.
    Last week she had disapeared, idk why though. She looked like she was pregnant because she was kinda bloated. THough you can never tell sometimes. And then i heard that she could be sick. The last day i visited her it was raining hard, and i brought her under a plastic picnic table on my deck where i usually find her, so she would get out of the rain.
    Do you think she went to look for water to have her babies?

    I Hope You See This, Thanks!! :]
    -Mida (mee-duh) :D

  816. Mida Jane

    On September 11, 2011 at 1:31 am

    crap, it posted twice.

  817. Australian

    On September 11, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Hey, does any1 know how to catch a cane toad from a forest environment in Far North Queensland? I have to catch it unharmed for a science project (disection).

  818. ChristinaMH

    On September 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

    All of this information has been so helpful to me. My co-worker caught a toad and gave it to me for my two boys. I have had so many questions and this site has answered them all. Thank you so much. I’m still not sure if I have a toad or a frog, but I think I can manage.

    One question- we bought crickets yesterday and this morning more than half have died. i used the “cricket diet” that the pet store recommended and a toilet paper roll, so I don’t know what happened. Could it be because i put the cricket cage in the window sill?

  819. k-dog

    On September 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

    hey!!i caught a toad yesterday in my plants near the house. i wanted to keep him so i put him in a cage but i do not know if i have all the right materials…i have…
    - water bowl
    - grass
    - toilet paper roll log
    - rocks
    - and i am looking to get dirt and/or mud
    i was also trying to capture ants the other day and today. but i have tried the one thing i can think of, putting out candy or sugary items and then letting the ants get at them, then i try to put them in a bucket but they always crawl out. ( i have a lot of ants where i live so i want to get them for my toad) my toad is also about the size of a quarter. so those are my 2 questions, how do i get ants for my toad to eat and does my tank have all the right materials?? thanks!!! you have been a great help above!!

  820. k-dog

    On September 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

    by the way, i am not the kdog above a little ways!! that is so so wierd!!kdog is my nickname. i am a different k-dog, just wanted to let you know, in case you were confused by, i caught a toad yesterday, and such!! thanks!!

  821. suzie

    On September 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    what should i do? i have a toad as a pet but he will not eat anything. we give him fruits and veggies because we do not have any bugs to give him. what should i do to make him eat fruits and veggies.always remember, we do not have bugs to give him.thanks!!!

  822. kylie

    On September 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    what should i do? i have a toad as a pet but he will not eat anything. we give him fruits and veggies because we do not have any bugs to give him. what should i do to make him eat fruits and veggies.always remember, we do not have bugs to give him.thanks!!!

  823. nicodimus22

    On September 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Toads are not capable of digesting fruits and veggies. There is no way to make them, and they will die if you force them to eat that. They are predators and only eat live bugs and other small critters. If you can’t catch or buy live bugs for it, let it go. If you didn’t know that, you obviously did zero research before taking it as a pet. Either let it go, or improve your knowledge quickly so it doesn’t die.

  824. nicodimus22

    On September 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Ants can work for the short-term, but their nutritional value is low. If he’s the size of a quarter, he should really be eating small crickets which have been gutloaded or dusted with supplement powder, or some other kind of staple food. As for the tank, you need a substrate for the toad to burrow in. Coconut fiber (Eco Earth) is best, but potting soil will do if it’s free of fertilizers. You want to give the toad a place to hide, also. Make sure the toad can get out of the water bowl, and don’t fill it any deeper than the toad’s shoulders. Use spring water, or dechlorinating drops on tap water and refill it daily. Do not use untreated tap water. Good luck!

  825. Togot

    On September 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Shelly, replacing the substrate about once a month should help prevent any odors.

  826. Togot

    On September 13, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Mida Jane, if a toad hibernates, they shut down completely. You can discourage this by keeping them in a warmer room, but it is part of their natural life cycle. As for the female outside, toads don’t get pregnant the way mammals do. Females lay eggs when a male latches onto them near water, and the male fertilizes them then. There are any number of reasons why the toad may have left your yard.

  827. Togot

    On September 13, 2011 at 3:09 am

    ChristinaMH, that could be a big part of it. In direct sunlight the crickets most likely overheated.

  828. k-dog

    On September 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    it is ok about before, but you did not answer the questions i posted. it is ok, i answer a lto of them myself with time and patience.thanks a lot even though you never helped me you have helped many other people!!! thanks!!! but anyways my question…..i was wondering if i had all the right materials in my toad’s is what i have
    - about 5 crockets during the day
    - grass
    - water bowl thing
    - rocks to sit on and climb around
    - toilet paper tube to crawl in
    - a 5 or 10 gallon cage!!
    thanks!! please reply as soon as you can,(some people in the house are a little impatient) so i need the info fast!!! thanks!!

  829. Togot

    On September 14, 2011 at 4:15 am

    K-dog, the reason I didn’t answer your question was that Nicodimus22 already did, though he didn’t mention you by name, so I understand the confusion. A toilet paper roll will be ok for the short term, but the cardboard will start to deteriorate over time, so I recommend a long term alternative such as one of the plaster animal houses that resemble rocks sold in pet stores. Grass isn’t necessary, but soil without pesticides an inch or two deep does well. Toads like to dig into the dirt. Simply using something with a lid will help you with the ants, or catching small wood lice and crickets, or buying small crickets from a pet store and gut loading them is best

  830. k-dog

    On September 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    ok thanks!!! didn’t notice that nicodimus22 already answer me!! sorry!! but thanks for the info and thanks nicodimus22!!!sorry i did not see you!!

  831. k-dog

    On September 15, 2011 at 8:09 am

    sorry to other you more i hvdone question it is very fast. my house just got really really cold because of my mom put the degrees in the house up to almost 80degrees ferinheiht,i do not know celcious because i do not use it.but anyways, is this to hot for my toad once it gets that high??should i tell my mom to turn it down a little??

  832. nicodimus22

    On September 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    As long as they’re not in cooking in direct sunlight, and they have plenty of water, 80 degrees should be OK. I know that even with the A/C on most of this summer, it was 78-80 degrees in here, and mine seemed just fine.

    Another way of looking at it: In the wild, they would have to deal with a lot more than 80 degrees in many areas.

  833. k-dog

    On September 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    ok!thanks for not noticing you post last time for me!!!;)

  834. k-dog

    On September 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    how many cricket’s should i put in at once for him??what happens if i put too many in??will he die of fattness or something??

  835. k-dog (sad as ever)

    On September 17, 2011 at 1:52 am

    by the way your messages posted to me you were not that nice at all. i did a lot of research ok!that was very rude. maybe i just forgot or never fell apon it. maybe this is why i like togot so much better. because he is so much nicer and calm and walks stuff through for you and does not go all sico.thank you very much.and by the way… toad is as healthy as ever!!! he is fat and well fed!!!you do realize i have strong feelings and take things very seriosly. saying i have zero knoledge is very rude to me!!!!i wish more people would notice this!!!why would you ever say someone has zero knoledge!??! maybe that one person that used to pretend to be togot…remember him….maybe he is you!!!!!!! :(

  836. Toadi's Mum

    On September 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Hello again Togot, this is Toadi’s Mum in North Wales UK. All is well with Toadi, but can you tell me whether she will hibernate. She lives in our kitchen and although it is not cold, she may be sensing the weather has changed outside. She seems to be closing her eyes which I don’t normally notice. How do I care for her if she does hibernate, do I need to do anything? Would it be unwise to move her to a warmer room to stop hibernation?

  837. nicodimus22

    On September 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    k-dog, I was not talking to you in that post. I was telling the person who wanted to know how to feed their toad fruits and veggies that they clearly did no research, which is true.

    Adult toads usually eat 2-3 crickets every other day. While they are rapidly growing, they may eat more. Generally speaking, fat toads are healthy toads, and if a toad is skinny it’s usually because of health problems.

  838. wallacethetoad

    On September 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    hi i have to toads that i caught in my backyard one in about the size of an adults thumb nail and one is the size of my twelve year old daughters palm can they mate?

  839. salvothetoadhunter

    On September 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    hey is it ok to use water from a big pot thats been in my yard for a year its full of green water ????? and allso i dont need any lighting or heat lamps for this toad do i ? its a baby bufo marinus (cane toad)

  840. Togot

    On September 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Toadi’s Mum, if you want your pet to hibernate, make sure it has enough dirt in the enclosure to completely burry itself, and place it in a cold room, but not freezing cold. Your pet will burry itself and simply stay buried until spring. All you really need to do is dampen the soil every few days to make sure the animal doesn’t dry out, though there is always a chance he may not survive for various reasons. Placing your pet in a warm room may discourage hibernation. This will result in a shorter lifespan since the animal is basically in suspended animation during hibernation.

  841. Togot

    On September 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Wallacethetoad, if you place these two together, there is a good chance the larger one will eat the smaller. Keep them separate until they grow to a comparable size. If you have a male and a female, they will mate if you provide them with a large enough water source for them to lay eggs in.

  842. Togot

    On September 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Salvothetoadhunter, it’s best to use clean water that has no chlorine, and no, toads do fine at room temperature.

  843. toadlover

    On September 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    if you have 2 toads and one is the size of a golf ball and one is half the size can they mate if so, how big should the water dish be?

  844. wallacethetoad

    On September 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    hello again,
    thank you for the information it was useful, but how long will it take for the littler toad to grow?

  845. Megan

    On September 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Hey, I have recently decieded to have a toad or two as a pet, and since i dont have any in my back yard I am going to catch them at my aunts house, and i have a question, instead of using dirt in the cage, is it still okay to use small gravel used in an aqueriam for fish?

  846. ginkus

    On September 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    i have a toad and a frog and to tell u they are wonder full pets to have i luv mine

    if u want a tank i got mine from petsmart in billings
    hope this helps u enjoying them :)

    sincerly ginkus

  847. ginkus

    On September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    tagot i have a question if u hold a toad will it die and will a wild toad eat frog pelats

  848. Shawn

    On September 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, I have a female toad that is thriving, but when I found an adorable male for her, and placed him in the tank, she began frantically trying to escape by constantly climbing up, and slipping down the side of the glass in the opposite corner where he is. He seems just fine. I’ve had her for about a month or so. I just put him in a day ago. She seems agitated by his presence, but I want her to warm up to him. Will time heal this negative reaction from her?

  849. ginkus

    On September 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    u know shawn i did have a boy toad and a girl toad but the one diead and now my other one looks lonly

  850. nicodimus22

    On September 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Put some kind of backing on the outside of the glass on the sides and back to stop toads from “glass walking.” It can be wrapping paper, notebook paper, anything. When it looks solid, the toad will not try to walk through it, and it will also make them feel more secure since the tank will feel less open.

  851. Togot

    On September 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Toadlover, if they are both mature, and one is a female and one male, then they will mate in the right conditions. You don’t want them mating in a water dish. If you see one “hugging” the other, then provide them with a water source about the size of a cereal bowl with an easy way for them to get in and out. Make sure the water is chlorine free. If they lay eggs, then just follow my guide on raising tadpoles.

  852. Togot

    On September 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Wallacethetoad, it should reach adult size in a year or two

  853. Togot

    On September 22, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Megan, it is best to use dirt. Toads like to dig into soil and burry themselves, which is harder for them to do with rocks.

  854. Togot

    On September 22, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Ginkus, no, toads wont die from being handled, and they prefer to eat live prey.

  855. smallcreatureboy

    On September 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    how do u find them

  856. toad crazy

    On September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    tagot i dont know why my frogs always die but iv had this toad for almost a year togot can u give me the answer

  857. toad crazy

    On September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    tagot i dont know why my frogs always die but iv had this toad for almost a year togot can u give me the answer

  858. toad crazy

    On September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    tagot i dont know why my frogs always die but iv had this toad for almost a year togot can u give me the answer

  859. toad crazy

    On September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    tagot i dont know why my frogs always die but iv had this toad for almost a year togot can u give me the answer

  860. ginkus

    On September 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    tagot i dont know why my frogs always die but iv had this toad for almost a year togot can u give me the answer

  861. Martianwolf66

    On September 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Hello, I see that you’ve been doing this for a long time! I read ALL the comments because I just caught a toad under a pile of logs, and wanted to know a few things, if that’s alright.

    1. I read somewhere that if I keep my toad for aprox. 2weeks then a dangerous bacteria will form, and kill almost all animals that come in contact with anything it touched.

    2. How to avoid salmonella, I really don’t want to get sick.

    3. About the poison glands, what happens if I touch them by accident?

    4. Can I touch my wild toad? Does it have any parasites, worms, viruses, or sicknesses it can transmit to me?

    5. Should I keep him/her in a pond like environment or moist soil?

    6. Would you like to have a partnership with my science website? ( ) no push, I won’t be offended if you say no…

    Thx, sorry for all the questions, I just want the best for my toad and me :)

  862. Toado Baggins

    On September 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I caught a wild toad about 5 months ago; and have been keeping it in a 10 gallon tank. Tonight, I caught another one that is lighter and only slightly smaller. Do you think I can put them together in the same tank?

  863. Togot

    On September 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    smallcreatureboy, toads like anyplace dark and damp, often near wooded areas, often under rocks and logs

  864. Togot

    On September 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

    toad crazy, not without more information

  865. Togot

    On September 27, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Martianwolf66, I’ve been keeping toads for years, though they do have poison sacks on the back of their neck, it is only harmful if ingested, and only secreted when pressure is applied to the glands. Even if an animal tries to eat a toad, most species are not deadly. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap after handling your pet to avoid disease. I handle mine regularly, and I am fine. Moist soil is best for toads, they are more terrestrial than frogs. I‘m not sure what you mean by partnership, but if you‘d like to direct anyone to my articles for animal care, I wouldn’t mind, or if anyone asks you a question about them, you can ask here and relay the answer to them.

  866. Togot

    On September 27, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Toado Baggins, as long as you provide a second shelter, and the larger one isn’t big enough to eat the smaller, it should be fine, but keep an eye on them during feeding. One might get the larger share and make the other go hungry. If this happens, separate them for feeding.

  867. Toadi's Mum

    On September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Don’t know why I didn’t think to ask your advice on this before. When I found Toadi, there was a swollen area around one of her back leg knees. That was 4 months ago, and it’s still there. It is like a cyst I suppose under the skin, quite soft to touch. Doesn’t seem to bother her, but I wonder whether you have come across this before?

  868. Togot

    On September 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Toadi’s Mum, I cannot be sure, but there are parasites that burrow into the budding limbs of tadpoles and cause deformities in an attempt to make the animal easier to catch by birds so the parasite can continue its life cycle. They are usually associated with frogs though. If the cyst isn’t causing him problems, I wouldn’t worry to much, but I haven’t seen this happen with my own animals, and I wasn’t able to find any mention of it when I looked around. I’m sorry I cannot be more help than that

  869. Toadi's Mum

    On September 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    That’s ok, many thanks for this information.

  870. NateFrog

    On October 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Can anyone help? I caught a small toad in the wild about two months ago. 10 gallon tank, with moist dirt, tree bark hiding places, and a shallow water dish. I switch off from feeding him pinhead crickets and meal worms dusted with amphibian vitamins. For a month he ate regularly. Lately however, he hasn’t eaten the food I give him. He’s gotten skinny, and trys to zap his food but misses. I’ve had to open his mouth and feed him the last couple times. I’ve read this forum and thought I did everything I was supposed to do. Is there a chance that the toad is depressed from not being in the wild? I bought a Tomato frog from the pet store and he was the same size as this toad and it grew to the size of my fist and lived a long time. I’ve heard it said before that an amphibian pet should be bought from a pet store not caught in the wild. But I don’t see how that would be relevant as long as you meet the animal’s food and environmental requirements. Does anyone have any ideas?????

  871. Togot

    On October 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    NateFrog, most of the people who advocate going through a pet store as apposed to catching wild animals do so for conservation and animal health reasons. I’ve been keeping and releasing wild toads for several years, and I’ve never had them exhibit depression so long as they are fed and cared for. One risk of catching a wild animal though is disease. It is possible that your pet is sick. You should try taking him to an exotic vet to see what he recommends. Also, although you seem knowledgeable about toad care, I noticed that you didn’t mention whether or not the water you were giving him was chlorine free, so on the off chance that you were just using tap water, that could also lead to health problems after long term exposure. With vitamin dusts, you can use too much, so you should check it to see if you’ve been using the recommend amount.

  872. NateFrog

    On October 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Togot, thanks for responding. This forum is very helpful to amphibian care. Most people wouldn’t know the things you post in it. That being said–I use spring water. (Ice Mountain) I noticed the change soon after I switched from just plain dirt in my back yard (no chemicals) to eco fiber or coconut fiber. I switched because of mold growth in the tank. I’ve heard of toads having an increased bacteria level when they’re stressed. Or it could be my moisture level in the tank is higher than it was with the dirt. I’m really not sure. I will look into how much/how often to use the vitamin dust. If that doesn’t work I’ll see if I can find a vet. Thanks Togot. If you think of anything else, post it. I read this forum quite often. =>

  873. DirtySanchez

    On October 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    My toad wont ever sit in his water bowl or even touch it any ideas why?

  874. edward the toad luvr

    On October 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    My toad has suddenly turned skinny, and it keeps on trying to hide! its also moving really slowly now. PLEASE HELP IMMEDIATLY

  875. Togot

    On October 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    DirtySanchez, it could be that the substrate is damp enough to sustain him. All of my toads have buried themselves under their water dishes because it was the dampest area in their enclosure, so I’ve never had one stay away before. If you’re worried about the animal drying out, just mist him once a day lightly and make sure the substrate is moist.

  876. Togot

    On October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Edward the toad luvr, I’m afraid I’ll need more details about what led up to this before I can work on a solution. What was his diet like, what kind of water were you using, how old is he, and has there been any changes before this happened? For now I can only give very general advice. Make sure he has chlorine free water, try to get him to eat food with a vitamin additive, and you might want to take him to an exotic animal vet.

  877. Ms. G.

    On October 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Togot, I am an elementary school teacher who is considering getting some Western Toads for my classroom. A teacher at another school has many, and realizes she has too many for the size of her tank, and wants to give some away. I have a 15 gallon tank and due to space constraints, I would prefer to take only as many as I can keep healthily and happily in that size tank through adulthood. (One? Two? Three?)

    Also, I want to ensure that there is no breeding, because I do not want to be responsible for finding homes for all of the young. Anything I’ve read about breeding relates to the “how to” side, as opposed to how to avoid this. Is there a way, other than limiting myself to just one toad? I’ve read about telling apart the sexes, but only want to use this method if it is reliable. (The toads in question are juveniles, so I don’t think it would be possible to know until later.)

    Also, do toads even have a social need or desire to live with others of their species, or would they likely be fine on their own? Thanks!!

  878. Togot

    On October 9, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Ms. G., with a tank that size, three toads would be as many is I’d put together. As for breeding, if you don’t provide them with a large enough water source to breed in, that should discourage them. Also, I’m not sure where you live, but if the species in indigenous to your area, you could release the young in a forested area. Again ONLY if they are native to your area. Toads are not social animals, so you don’t have to worry about them being lonely.

  879. Ms. G.

    On October 9, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Thank you so much for the information. You are very dedicated to take so much time in answering people’s questions! If possible, could you please expand on what constitutes a “large enough water source to breed in”? If they just have a small water bowl, big enough to sit in (as I’ve read is needed for water absorption through the skin), is it safe to assume this would this be insufficient for breeding? BTW, the toads are native to my area (British Columbia, Canada), so if I decide to keep more than one and they do breed, I will consider releasing them as a possible option. However, it’’s reassuring to know that they’re ok on their own, so to be sure I’ll probably just keep one. Thanks again for your help.

  880. Ms. G.

    On October 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Hi, Togot. In my ongoing research online, I’ve just discovered that possessing a western toad is actually illegal under my province’s Wildlife Act, so I will not be taking one as planned (and explained in my earlier posts). I’m sad, though, as I was getting very excited about the prospect. Of the amphibians that are commonly available through pet stores, do you have a recommendation as to which types you may recommend for me as a classroom pet? I realize there may be different ones legal here in Canada than where you are, but any suggestions based on your knowledge and experiences (or those of your readers) would be great. Thanks!

  881. leberachi

    On October 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I skipped through a lot of comments but I’ve had my toad for awhile and the past month I haven’t seen him eat and nothings disapearing so I took food out for a for a couple days and he’s still not eating. Idk what’s going on. I was woundering if the water could fill him up or if he could hibernate in my house idk I’m confused

  882. edward the toad luvr

    On October 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    thnx togot, my toad is back to normal and healthy. Thx fr the advice! PS:Is it possible that my toad isnt eating but it still i sgetting fatter?/ And also how do you know if your toad is eating? thx a bunch!

  883. edward the toad luvr

    On October 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Ms.G, It depends on what grade you are teaching. If it is from grades 1-6 then a simple hamster or guinea pig would do fine. I do not reccomend a reptile or amphibian since they are almost all carnivores and will be hard for younger ones to take care of. But for grades 7-university, a frog would be good to start with, then a toad, and only after a few years get a reptile. Since reptiles need warmth (and BC is pretty cold), the amount of energy used to keep it alive will be a big hastle. I hope my info helped you!

  884. Ms. G.

    On October 11, 2011 at 2:06 am


  885. Togot

    On October 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Leberachi, it could be that he’s shutting down for winter. Some toads will go into a hibernate state even when kept indoors due to instinct, especially if they were caught in the wild.

  886. Togot

    On October 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Edward the toad luvr, a toad will usually get thinner when it stops eating, but not right away. If your pet is comfortable with you, you can simply watch it eat. Most toads will go after food the moment they see it. Or you can feed it in a separate container.

  887. edward the toad luvr

    On October 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    no problem Ms.G, also togot, can u tell me how many wax worms a week i should give my toad? (BTW my toad is now very fat and will eat while i watch him THNX) and i would like to know what the darkling beetles eat(mealworm darkling beetles) thnx

  888. lleberachis

    On October 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Ok so should I let him go or leave him alone or what. He’s just laying there and I keep pickin him up to make sure he’s alive I don’t want him to die

  889. edward the toad luvr (very worried)

    On October 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Togot, this is very very important, please read this and respond immediatly. i have read an article about toads from a different website and they say that if the head of a mealworm is not crushed before the toad eats it, it can eat the toads liver and kill it. PLEASE TELL ME IF THIS IS JUST A PHONY LIE OR TRUE, BECAUSE IVE BEEN FEEDING MEALWORMS HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HES BEEN BECOMING FATTER AND FATTER AND I DONT KNOW WHETHER THE MEALWORMS HAVE BEEN KILLING HIM. PLZ HELP

  890. DirtySanchez

    On October 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Togot my toad has a lump near wher his leg connects to the rest of his body and on the otherside there is no lump why could this be

  891. Togot

    On October 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    edward the toad luvr, depending on how big they are compared to your pet, one or two a day should be fine. Mealworms eat dead plant matter. You can feed them bran cereal and cut up fruits and veggies. No they do not eat through stomachs. This is a very old and popular urban myth. Mealworms drown very quickly in stomach acid, but if you are worried you can cut off the heads if you really want to.

  892. Togot

    On October 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Lleberachis, if it’s getting chilly outside, he’ll be too lethargic to burry himself, so keeping him indoors would be better. Just leave him alone, and dampen the soil once a week. If you see him moving around, try feeding him, but other than that try not to disturb him until spring.

  893. Togot

    On October 16, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    DirtySanchez, it might be a parasite that burrowed into the budding limb when the toad was still a tadpole. Is this a recent development, or has your pet always had it?

  894. DirtySanchez

    On October 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    shes had it since i caught her

  895. poper toad

    On October 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I found 3 toads in july at my camp I brought them home because kids were pokeing them with sticks. 2 of the toads died because they were to skinny and now I have 1 fat baby toad the size of a dixie cup and I feed him crickets and I just started feeding him pill bugs to. I was wondaring if my toad can also eat worms and are the pill bugs to hard for him.

  896. Togot

    On October 20, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Poper toad, a toad can eat anything it can swallow. They do not really chew their food, preferring to let their stomach acid do the work, and anything they cannot digest they usually excrete.

  897. edward the toad luvr

    On October 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    thnx so much togot, i wish i could giv u my thanks in person! I have another question about my american toad. Every week my toad changes from skinny to fat to skinny, butmost of the time stays fat. Any ideas why? and also can u tell me how many waxworms a week i should feed him? (stopped feeding mealworms because they didnt move and my toad didnt eat them) Remember hes a baby american toad. Also is there a way of making the mealworms move so my toad eats them? thx togot, also i would like to know how much repto- cal to feed my worms. Should i feed it to them or just dip them in the powder before i giv it to my toad? srry fr all the questinos, but still answer them plz. (BTW: i wuz kinda surprised to find out u were white, u write relly nice and stuff so i thought u were asian)

  898. Brittany Mcbee

    On October 24, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Hi, my name is britt. My roommate found your website and reccommended it to me. My baby toad kermit just died earlier tonight. It was a big loss for us all and he will be missed. he was only about a year or two old. I’m going to be getting another toad shortly, possibly a firebelly toad and i had a few questions about their diets and such. First, do firebelly toads dry out like regular toads do? can you tell when they are getting dehydrated and need to drink? i was also wondering if they eat the same bugs & such as regular toads do. Before kermit died i was feeding him mealworms, crickets and flies. He rather enjoyed them lol. But anyways, are alot of toads and frogs considered to be social? Because when my toad was still alive he enjoyed being out on people’s hands and such as well as playing with the family. Are all toads that way? just curious. You seem like a great person and i would greatly appreciate your answers to these questions if you have the time to spare. Thank you very much for listening.

  899. Fire toad

    On October 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    As i told you last baby toad kermit just died. Well, Today my room mate just bought me a orange and green firebelly toad. He moves like crazy and is always jumping all over the place. I named him garrett. Well, here’s my question for you. Do firebelly toads move alot more than your average toads? Because he seems to be alot more active than my frog kermit. Is that normal? Please get back to me when you have the chance.

  900. edward the toad luvr

    On October 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    is it ok fr me to put repto-cal in his water? so he can “drink” it. thnx

  901. Togot

    On October 27, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Edward the toad luvr, keep track of this weight fluctuations to see if you see a pattern, or a correlation between feeding and watering. As for the wax worms, you can try gently pushing them around in front of his using a stick. Depending on how timid he is, this might entice him to eat them. You just sprinkle the powder on the worms, and don’t put it in the toad’s water dish, you can give him too much and make him sick.

  902. Togot

    On October 27, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Brittany Mcbee, I’ve actually never kept fire bellies myself, but from what I understand they are more aquatic than most toads and should be treated much like frogs. They should always have a large full water dish which they will likely spend most of their time in. they have much the same diet as any toad, but you should gut load the food rather than us a powder or a spray since it will wash off in the damp tank. fire bellies are pretty active and even have limited climbing abilities, so make sure you always use a secure lid.

  903. Grace

    On October 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

    My toad, Gibby, isnt eating and im worried. He dosent seem to see the food i get him so i think he might either be mental or blind. HELP!!!!!!

  904. Fire Toad

    On November 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your help. My toad garrett climbs alot and is very strange about his selection of crickets. He gets very calm at times..But for the most part he is very jumpy. He dries out alot faster than my basic toad kermit. His skin feels like a sticky substance and his back feels like a post-it-note. But it’s hard for me to tell when he is drying out. Is there every really a way to know that they are drying out? Without putting them in danger? I was told that firebellys can live at room temperature and dont need to be in warmth all of the time to stay in a safe condition. Is that true? Half of the time when i pick up my toad, he’s freezing cold. But my roommate says that’s normal. If you could please write back when you get a chance, i would greatly appreciate it.

  905. Grace

    On November 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Togot, i really need some advice. My toad STILL has not been eating. He wont even drink his water. i have to pick him up and put him in the water to get him to drink. PLEASE HELP!!

  906. Togot

    On November 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Grace, it could be that he’s getting ready for hibernation. Is he still active or is he being lethargic and lazy? We are getting into the colder months. You can try putting him in a warmer room to prevent this, or simply dampen the substrate so he won’t need to be in his water dish to remain hydrated. Sorry it took me so long to answer.

  907. Togot

    On November 3, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Fire Toad, toads, like all amphibians, are cold blooded which means they usually feel cold to the touch to humans. As I mentioned, fire bellies need more water than normal toads, so either give them a much larger water dish and always keep it full, or change your tank setup to something more appropriate for frogs, mostly water with some flat rocks for the toad to climb out on, but don’t keep a normal toad in this environment.

  908. Grace

    On November 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I have been keeping him in warm enough temperatures that i would have never thought that he would be getting ready for hibernation. He has always been pretty lazy when i got him. i have another question. My toad is a southern toad and i saw a website with information about toads and frogs. it had a list of things that southern toads eat and it says they eat snails. Do you think that my toad could eat snails, or would he choke on the shell?

  909. Grace

    On November 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Also, just out of curiosity, how long can a toad go without food? or water?

  910. ginkus

    On November 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    togot am i in troble if ive been using tap water in my toads tank and before i handle them i wash my hands with tap water?

  911. Fire Toad

    On November 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Do you happen to know if firebellie toads hybernate? im not sure. ive been told that fire bellies can only have spring water in their aquarium’s. Is that true? So far thats what I’ve been putting in his tank. I Don’t want to hurt him by putting Tap water in his tank but if spring water is the way to go then thats what im gonna do. I have a few more questions for you if you would please be so kind as to answer them for me.
    I’ve been giving garrett mealworms..and surprisingly he has actually been eating them. I tried giving him a mealworm before and it took him about thirty minutes to eat it. He didn’t particularly like them at the time. But now it almost seems unusual because he is eating them like crazy. I know they are picky about their food and usually like only crickets, thats why i ask. Will it hurt him in any way if he continues eating the mealworms? Or should i go back to strictly giving him nothing but crickets? Please get back to me when you have a chance. Thanks again for everything Togat.

  912. Fire Toad

    On November 8, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    My toad garrett is shedding his skin. Since he is a fire belly toad his skin is slimier than a wild toad. Which is normal. But my question for you is….He keeps trying to take his hands and peel the skin off that he is shedding. He is having trouble getting it off of himself because his skin is so sticky. Will it hurt him if i try to peal it off of him gently? Or should I just Leave him be and find his own way to do it?

  913. Togot

    On November 10, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Grace, I’ve honestly never tried feeding my toads snails before, mostly because I can’t find any in my area. I suppose if they were small enough it wouldn’t be a problem. You should feed your toad at least once a week, and always make sure they have a full water dish.

  914. Togot

    On November 10, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Ginkus, washing your hands shouldn’t be a problem if you dry them before handling your pet, but you should start using dechlorinated water for him to drink and sit in right away.

  915. Togot

    On November 10, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Fire Toad, I don’t know if they hibernate or not, but the reason you don’t use tap water is that the chlorine in it can kill an amphibian over prolonged exposure by damaging their liver. You can use a dechlorinating additive which you can get at a pet store, or just keep using spring water. As for food, it’s rarely a good idea to “just” feed an animal anything. Adding some variety to their diet is usually beneficial. You should probably just let your pet shed its skin on its own. He should get it off eventually

  916. Ginkus

    On November 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    kk togat i did and do you take care of frogs simaler to toads

  917. ginkus

    On November 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    kk togat i did and do you take care of frogs similar to toads

  918. herp lover97

    On November 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    hello togot I have expirience with american toads and i have read your article. And I was very impressed, however i have a question I own two small american toads and I have had them for four months and they have grown a lot but i was wondering if you how much they should have grown during this time period

  919. paul

    On December 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Im Paul hill. i live out in a 20 acre woodland in southwestern ohio. its currently early december and 2 weeks ago while digging a hole to plant a pine i found a 1 inch toad. hes inside now and im feeding him cut up worms from my worm bed. have any tips on what to feed him?

  920. Togot

    On December 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Ginkus, toads and frogs have different living requirements, primarily that frogs require a much moister environment. I have a separate care sheet for frogs.

  921. Togot

    On December 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Herp lover97, depending on how small/young they are, and how well they are fed, they should have nearly doubled in size in that amount of time.

  922. Togot

    On December 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Paul, small crickets from your local pet store misted with a vitamin spray or gut loaded should do well until he gets a little larger, then you can add some mealworms and eventually earthworms to his diet.

  923. herp lover97

    On December 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    hey togot me again i just wanted to know what you think the best time of the year it is to catch american toads and wear the best place to find them is.

  924. Togot

    On December 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

    herp lover97, spring and summer are the best times to find them, usually in damp wooded areas under logs and rocks.

  925. herp lover97

    On January 3, 2012 at 1:59 am

    thanks for answering my questions and i am glad to have finally found somone who shares the same love and respect for the american toads

  926. sherlinc

    On January 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Hi all,

    I thin our toad, Charlotte is dying. She has been plump and happy for a long time, but i found ehr today in the corner of her tank all curled up and not moving. She has been active just yesterday. She looks like she is only half the size she was just 2 days ago!

    Is she hibernating or she is dying? She is now very still but her eyes are opening and closing…

    Thanks all!

    sherlinc in Chicago

  927. Togot

    On January 11, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Sherlinc, if she were hibernating she would have tried to burry herself and it wouldn‘t have made her shrivel up. She may have become dehydrated somehow. You can try placer her in a shallow water dish, but it sounds like she‘s pretty far gone.

  928. Ginkus

    On January 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    togot my toads died suddenley and i dont know why? everybody thinks it was too hot in there tank can u give me a good answer?

  929. Togot

    On January 24, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Ginkus, not without more information

  930. Cheryl Byler

    On February 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Why when you put a toad in your hand on its back, it seems to put it in a paralyzed or frozen state. Is it a self defense the toad uses???

  931. Arlette

    On February 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    my american toad is acting strange it hardly eats and is spending to much time in its water also is it ok if his tank is in the middle of two others that require heat lamps lastly he was caught as an infant (microscopic) in late august and it is now feburary are his symptoms due to hybernation or otherwise

  932. Tammy

    On February 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    My son caught a large American toad this past fall and has kept it as a pet. It has been doing really well, eating well. The last two days it has not eaten and has buried itself partially. We uncovered it and tried to get it to eat, but it just buried itself again. If it’s hibernating, I’m kind of surprised because it’s not that cold, even though it is February and Indiana. Also, he usually eats well, but if he hibernates, I’m not sure he has really “fattened up” enough – we weren’t feeding it THAT much I don’t think. I’m not really sure what to do. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

  933. Togot

    On February 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Cheryl Byler, I’ve never had a toad do that before. Anytime mine have been on their back they immediately right themselves.

  934. Togot

    On February 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Arlette, the heat lamps might explain why he is in his water so much as they may be drying him out a bit. If it were trying to hibernate, it would burry itself, probably under the water dish where there’s more moisture. Trying relocating his enclosure to see if that helps.

  935. Togot

    On February 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Tammy, even when not hibernating, toads like to be buried and hidden. He will likely emerge to eat when he is hungry or wants to sit in his water dish.

  936. herp lover97

    On March 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

    hello again togot I was wondering if u knew if a female or a male american toad grew faster??

  937. oden

    On March 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

    can a Asian Giant Toad& acane toad live together.

  938. Togot

    On March 7, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Herp lover97, although the female grows larger, I haven’t really noticed if one grows faster than the other

  939. Togot

    On March 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Oden, I honestly don’t know as I have never kept either of those animals, though I am aware that cane toads are voracious and have a very strong mating instinct. If they are of comparable size, then I suppose it would be possible as neither would eat the other.

  940. Emily

    On March 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    i caught a toad from my pond and out of interest decided to keep him(or her?) in my room in a clear plastic boz, he/she nas two water dishes,shallow and deep three hiding spaces,soil,wood and stones
    but i dont know whta to feed him/her i have givne him/her slugs for about two days and he/she enjoys them is there anymore variity for he/him?

  941. Brooke

    On March 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have an American toad but i dont no for sure.I know its a female and I know how to care for it. do you have any tips. And how can you tell if a toad is sumwat pregnant?

  942. Togot

    On March 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Emily, toads will eat just about any kind of insect. You can buy crickets and mealworms from a pet store, or catch them in your yard if you don’t use pesticides.

  943. Togot

    On March 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Brooke, the article above should give you plenty of tips, and toads do not get pregnant like mammals. The female lays eggs in a body of water and a male fertilizes them there.

  944. Micron

    On March 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Hi! I’ve had toads for awhile, and currently I own 4 Americans’. Two of them we just caught yesterday, and they are definitely male. One of the males has been attached to the female for a long time; the other tries to get on her, sometimes they switch after kicking the other off, it’s kinda amusing to watch really. I didn’t intend to breed my toad, and still have no interest in doing so, because I do not have a body of water large enough, nor the means to care for all he little tads. My question is this though; should I separate them, so that they don’t fight over her? And do you think she’ll lay eggs in the little dishes? I doubt it, but I’m not sure, since I’ve never had a male around my female before. I assume they’ll eventually stop and it should be okay to keep them together.

  945. carter

    On March 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    i just barely saw my toad come out of hybernation. I didnt wake him up, but over the winter he has buried himself under this dead grass. Meanwhile i desited to clean the leaves out and i noticed a little covering of grass; i dug around in the dirt(a little bit) and found my big fat wet healthy toad in the ground(ted is what i named him last year before hybernation). Anyway i may have woken him up about 2 or maybe 3 weeks early. He looks very healthy, but, will he die?

  946. Connor

    On March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    My friends and I caught some toads in the window well and have kept them for a while and we have gotten attached to them mine is getting skinny I have to let him go so he can still live where should I let him go please help

  947. Connor

    On March 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    My friends and I caught some toads in the window well and have kept them for a while and we have gotten attached to them mine is getting skinny I have to let him go so he can still live where should I let him go please help

  948. Togot

    On March 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Micron, toads don’t need a large body of water to lay their eggs in. they may take what they can get and lay them in a water dish if nothing else is available to them. It is unlikely the males will stop fighting over the female, so it would probably be best to remove her from their enclosure and give her her own.

  949. Togot

    On March 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Carter, if he come out of hibernation and starts moving around the cage, feed him immediately, if not, just leave him alone until he does.

  950. Togot

    On March 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Connor, the window well you caught him in wouldn’t be a bad choice if you provide a partial cover. Or any garden or wooded area

  951. Connor

    On March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am


  952. Connor

    On March 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thanks togot :)

  953. Crunch,Max

    On March 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Dear Togot, me and my friend have toads and we want to let them go what would be a good place to let them go and have a nice home.

  954. Connor

    On March 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Dear togot we catch toads every year in spring and summer this website really helps us we let them go to but I’ve gotten very attached to this one we can’t catch much bugs to feed our toads what should I do please help

  955. Jackson

    On March 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Dear Togot, Me and my friend Connor have found a few toads in my window well and all of them are getting skinnier and how do we get a lot of food to get them fat and healthy again to let them survive.PLEASE help

  956. toad tastic boy

    On April 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm


  957. Togot

    On April 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Toad tastic boy, yes, they eat worms.

  958. Togot

    On April 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Crunch,Max, any wooded area or a large garden with moisture and places to hide should be ok

  959. Togot

    On April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Connor, pet stores sell crickets and mealworms pretty cheap.

  960. Togot

    On April 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Jackson, you could put something with a strong odor in the area to act as bait for insect, or you could just catch them and toss them in there. You could even buy some crickets from a pet store and toss them in. making it easier for things to get into the area but not out might be a good long-term solution.

  961. Connor

    On April 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Dear togot we let our toads go a couple of days ago by our friends pond do you think that was a good place to put them? I miss them so much :(

  962. Mali

    On April 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Hey. Please get back to me on this! I just cuaght a decent size toad and i have a very nice set up. But all he seems to do is try to escape. “ive only had him like half a day” Will he get used to it? or will he die :( WHat do u think?

  963. Scott

    On April 16, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Togot…How often should a toad’s tank (10 gal) be cleaned?

  964. Togot

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Connor, as long as there was soil to dig into, they should be fine. You can put toad houses in the area which you can check periodically to see if they are still in the area

  965. Togot

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Mali, turn the lights off and leave him alone for awhile, as long as he has a water dish, soil to burrow into, and shelter, he should settle down

  966. Togot

    On April 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Scott, at least once a month

  967. Junior

    On April 29, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Togot, I just caught a toad and cant tell if it is a boy or a girl. It has a lighter throat like its bellie but you can see its spine… It also has a vocal sac. Can you give me some ideas?

  968. Togot

    On April 29, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Junior, a male’s throat will be a slightly different color than the belly, often hellow. You may wish to feed it more as well

  969. Miacate

    On June 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hey. I live in an area where toads are always around my house and I caught 2 today but I was worried about keeping them so I let them go. But then I found this website and it has been so incredibly helpful. I am going to get all the things together an catch an toad again this week and hopefully keep it. I have one question…how long(in proper care) will my toad live? Thank you.

  970. Togot

    On June 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Miacate, depending on species and how old it was when you caught it, about 10 years

  971. Bob

    On June 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hey. I recently caught a toad. I’ve been giving it earth worms, vegetables, and rolly polly’s but it’s not eating them. What should I do?

  972. Mister no one

    On June 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Togot about how many bugs would u a least feed them

  973. Mister no one

    On June 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Togot about how many bugs would u a least feed them

  974. Jeansy

    On June 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

    how long will it take for my toad to warm up to me?

    i caught one a few days ago while i was running from coyotes near my house and i spotted it as i was running and i picked it up so it wouldnt get eaten instead of me not very likely but still i was worried for him. he is about two inches long and about an inch wide im not sure if it is male or female but my friends think its male i named it digger since it looks like a spadefoot toad and it likes to burrow down a lot can you give me any advice as to taking care of it and how to sex it and how long it will take for my toad to warm up to me i want to hold it without it peeing on my hand.

  975. Alice

    On July 29, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Heyy, I have a great basin spadefoot toad (I think). I’ve had him for almost a week now and he’s small enough to fit on two fingertips. I can’t ever really get him to come out of his dirt to eat even if I sprinkle water over the soil. He hasn’t eaten anything (that i know of) since we found him. I’ve tried flies, ants and small beetles and I think that they’re all still there. We found him on the sidewalk when it was raining and he was pretty fat for as small as he is. But now I’m on the verge of just taking him out by the creek near our house if he doesn’t come out and eat something soon. Any advice on what I should do? Please help Edgar.

  976. Togot

    On July 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Bob, try leaving it alone during feeding time. This might put less stress on him

  977. Togot

    On July 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Mister no one, it’s usually best to feed a toad as much as it will eat

  978. Togot

    On July 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Jeansy, depending on the kind of life it’s had, it might take awhile. Try holding it with a face rag in your hand to help with the mess, but it will eventually learn you don’t mean it harm

  979. Togot

    On July 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Alice, don’t worry, when he gets hungry he will come out and eat. Just make sure there’s food available for when he does

  980. WalositheToad

    On July 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Togot… So I have a Fowler’s Toad and i have had her for about a week now… She is eating and doing really well.. Where you said you an get your frog to eat out of your hand how long did it take to get it to do that? Mine is really calm when i hold her I mean she doesnt pee on me.. Lol… I was just wondering about that though… And When do the toads burrow? Because I redid the tank with dirt and Mine doesnt burrow her favorite place is on top of a decorative log in the tank.

  981. Togot

    On July 31, 2012 at 4:17 am

    WalositheToad, it took me about a month. i would let my toad rest in my lap while holding a waxworm in my hand in front of him. it took a little while, but now he associates me with food. as for burrowing, toads burrow into soil for various reasons, but not doing it isn’t a problem, in fact it’s a good indicator that your pet is comfortable.

  982. skynight

    On August 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    i cant beleive that tap water can kill them!!!?? im so stupid no wonder all my toads are dying on poor little ol me. lol!

    btw does hose water kill them??

  983. skynight

    On August 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    like i should have known that it would kill them but i have to be an idiot

  984. Matt

    On August 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Can toads sense when bad weather is coming and also is it ok to have them aroun loud noises like a saw every once in a while?


  985. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Also how many can I have in a 30 gallon rubbermaid container
    I will have enough food and for the winter because I just ordered 1 pound or about 1000 red wiggler worms they are great worms because you can compost food with them and they multiply super fast so in 3-5 month I’ll have about 10,000 worms so all the toads I find will have more then enough food so how many can I put in a 30 gallon container
    Also there is enough ventilation I cut out the middle of the lid and put a screen about 2 1/2 ft. By 1 1/2 ft. So there will be goo air in there. Thanks

  986. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Also how many can I have in a 30 gallon rubbermaid container
    I will have enough food and for the winter because I just ordered 1 pound or about 1000 red wiggler worms they are great worms because you can compost food with them and they multiply super fast so in 3-5 month I\’ll have about 10,000 worms so all the toads I find will have more then enough food so how many can I put in a 30 gallon container
    Also there is enough ventilation I cut out the middle of the lid and put a screen about 2 1/2 ft. By 1 1/2 ft. So there will be goo air in there. Thanks.


  987. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Also how many can I have in a 30 gallon rubbermaid container
    I will have enough food and for the winter because I just ordered 1 pound or about 1000 red wiggler worms they are great worms because you can compost food with them and they multiply super fast so in 3-5 month i will have about 10,000 worms so all the toads I find will have more then enough food so how many can I put in a 30 gallon container
    Also there is enough ventilation I cut out the middle of the lid and put a screen about 2 1/2 ft. By 1 1/2 ft. So there will be goo air in there. Thanks.


  988. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Also how many can I have in a 30 gallon rubbermaid container
    I will have enough food and for the winter because I just ordered 1 pound or about 1000 red wiggler worms they are great worms because you can compost food with them and they multiply super fast so in 3-5 month i will have about 10,000 worms so all the toads I find will have more then enough food so how many can I put in a 30 gallon container


  989. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Also how many toads can I have in a 30 gallon rubbermaid container

  990. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

    So sorry I sent the same ones so much my iPhone was glitching sorry.

  991. Matt

    On August 24, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Sorry my iPhone is glitching so please bear with me thanks :)


  992. jacob

    On September 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    hello i cuaght two woodhouses toads and im wondering is it ok to keep them in an encloser with a sonoran tiger salamander also i want to know how to tell their genderrs

  993. S

    On September 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    On my toad’s left back foot the toes seem fused together, should i be worried?

  994. C3

    On September 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Togot, we found a HUGE toad in our driveway last night (I think it’s an American toad), along with a smaller one. We placed them in a 10 gallon tank with some driftwood and a small amount of water.

    Today, the smaller toad has been on the back of the larger toad all day. I would assume they are trying to mate, but for one thing, it’s been all day long! And for another, it’s September!

    Is it possible they are trying to mate despite it being September? If not, what else could they be doing?

  995. Togot

    On September 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Skynight, yes, a hose still contains chlorine and that is the chemical that damages an amphibian’s liver.

  996. Togot

    On September 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Matt, some animals can detect changes in atmospheric pressure, alerting them to a storm. Every once in a while is alright for loud noises, but try to make it a rare occurrence as it can stress the animal. Toads aren’t very social animals, and they will eat each other if they can. Even if you provide plenty of food, the dominant ones may end up eating most of it which will still lead to others becoming malnourished.

  997. Togot

    On September 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Jacob, as long as the animals are not large enough to eat each other, and the enclosure is big enough to accommodate all of them, they can live together, just make sure you have a hiding spot for each of them. Males have a discolored throat.

  998. Togot

    On September 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    C3, when a male toad finds a female, he sometimes latches on and hitches a ride until she finds water to lay her eggs in. does the smaller toad have his front legs wrapped around the larger one’s waist, or is it just on the big ones back?

  999. C3

    On October 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Sorry for the delay in responding! Lost my bookmark…lol.

    Well, our toads are over the whole, “feeling the love” thing. The male does his own thing and the female does her own thing. If I remember correctly, when the male was on the female’s back, he had s front legs wrapped around her, under her front legs.

    We’ve been feeding them wild grasshoppers that we are catching from the fields around us. Haven’t been able to find much else in the way of insects, but we do find the occasional cricket, or moth, etc and we toss those in there as well.

    I hadn’t seen the female come out from burrowing for the last three or four evenings, so I dug her out today to make sure she was ok. She was covered in a kind of slimy, stringy mess. When I placed her in her water dish, it (the slime) all fell off. I’m assuming that was her skin being shed? Would that explain why she was being shy the last few days?

    My husband and I are going back and forth on letting the pair go to find their own winter home, vs overwintering them in our tank. The kids do like to watch them, but finding insects over the winter will be difficult, and I assume they won’t hibernate if they are indoors.

  1000. rep-phibian

    On October 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    sup togot!!! do u remember me? pls tell me if u do and also ive got a question. so ill just get right to it. i fed my leo gecko about 8 mealies the other night and woke up to find them surprisingly puked up behind her hide. she has never EVER done anything like this before and has always been healthy since adoption day 2 yrs ago. mayb it was just cuz i didnt feed her in a while or its because she mightv had a small impaction. i dont kno if u know anything like this but at least tell me wut u think. gosh its been a while since i was on this website. pls respond!

  1001. maddie

    On November 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Dear Togot,
    I am an 8th grade girl. As a science experiment I am weighing crickets, the toad, then the toad after it eats the crickets. I will also need to weigh the toads ‘poop’. i know this isn’t a pleasent thought, but do you know how I could collect the poop after it eats?

    P.S. I keep the toads in a plastic tub by themselves when i feed them, but i don’t want to leave them in there longer than neccesary. I also don’t have much time, considering i only have about 15 minutes to do most of this, but any suggestions are welcome!

    Thanks a lot!

  1002. Andrea

    On December 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I live in upstate NY and my husband found 2 toads in swimming in water under the lid of where we get our propane delivered. I have them in a bucket w/ mud & grass right now. It is about 35 degrees outside at this point. Do you think it best to find a safe place outside in the morning where it won’t frost or feed them through the winter and let go in the spring? I was afraid if they got used to being fed they may not make it in the wild.

    Thank you

  1003. Andrea

    On December 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Also forgot……is it necessary to allow a hibernating animal like a frog or turtle hibernate? or is it ok to keep them awake all winter?

  1004. Martin

    On January 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Catching wild animals to keep as pets is, as Brenda points out, illegal. It’s also highly unethical. Toads play a role in an ecosystem, and removing them damages that ecosystem. As well, many species of toads and frogs are endangered–and it’s very difficult for a non-expert to distinguish one species from another. While you may be giving that individual toad a safer existence, you could also be removing important breeding stock from the wild.

    Buy a toad from a pet store if you must, but it would be far better, more educational, and more fun to create a toad-friendly habitat on your property.

  1005. F.R.

    On March 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Martin, keeping a wild american toad is not illegal! They are not endangered. All frogs and toads in the pet trade were once wild caught and some still are. One should replicate the toads natural environment as closely as possible if they are going to be kept as pets. I have four american toads and I have not been arrested, they are very healthy, and have been saved from a most certain future death if I would have left them outside my house. Dogs & cats were once wild animals too, are you going to say we shouldn’t own them? (:0

  1006. F.R.

    On March 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Martin, keeping a wild american toad is not illegal! They are not endangered. All frogs and toads in the pet trade were once wild caught and some still are. One should replicate the toads natural environment as closely as possible if they are going to be kept as pets. I have four american toads and I have not been arrested, they are very healthy, and have been saved from a most certain future death if I would have left them outside my house. Dogs & cats were once wild animals too, are you going to say we shouldn\’t own them? (:0

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