Posted Jan 31, 2013
My kids brought home a small toad one day and asked if we could keep it to observe for a couple of months. I agreed and we found him an aquarium from the shed.
This turned out to be one of the most interesting pets we've ever owned. For starters, we had no clue what to feed it, so my hates-reading-and-writing child ended up searching online and researching habitat, food, and zoology.
All three kids went outside every morning and found bugs and worms for Toady as a cooperative effort. Watching a toad eat is just fascinating - did you know they make a disctinct "slurp" sound as they snag a bug? Watching them eat a worm was gross but even more interesting.
Toads also grow really quickly; ours grew from roughly 1" to about 3" in the two months we observed it.
Because they drink through their skin, toads need a bowl of water sunk into their habitat and will come out of the hole they've dug for themselves to sit for long periods of time in the pool. This led to some great discussions about pollution, toxins absorbed through skin, and more.
We finally released him under the same log they had found him under, but we would gladly have another toad any time.