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Desert Spade Toad

American Toad

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Other

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Health

5/5

Activity level

3/5

Temperament

5/5

Visibility

3/5

Easy to handle

5/5

Easy To feed

N/A

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

N/A

Easy to provide environmental needs

N/A

Easy to provide habitat

5/5

Desert Spade Toads - Natures Best Insector

By

United States

Posted Feb 14, 2013

If you garden organically, and you live in the western united states, I suggest you pay a kid to go down to the local golf course to catch you a couple of toads. Pay them a buck a toad. I paid a quarter a toad, but due to inflation, haha! These toads will catch dozens of roaches a night. I literally have seen them stalk a roach. They do not need a pond to reproduce, only a puddle in the rainy season. I have a pond, and the only time the toads go near it is to court each other. They think they are at a five star hotel, because these are desert toads who need very little water. They burrow underground, and go semidormant in the winter, but so do the bugs. Dogs leave them alone because they have a toxin that upon contact make the predators mouths foam. It is not deadly, just a deterrent. They are docile and easy to catch, so kids love them. Heck, I love them! Instead of croaking, they chirp like little chickens. They do need a place to burrow (usually under pottery.) I had my little brother, who is 14 years younger than me, catch 6 or 7 for me when he was about 9 years old. He is now 23, and my yard is still full of toads! You cannot have an exterminator spray your exterior because this does kill them. If you must spray, I just spray my door jams, and this doesn't seem to affect them. I have had friends lose all their toads due to the exterminator. Let the toads be your bug control. :)

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