Posted Feb 15, 2013
I have a pond down behind my house and in a month or two my property will be invaded by toads that are on their way down to the pond to lay eggs that will hatch out into more American toads.
A toad was probably one of my first pets as a child. I would catch them outside and keep them in a box for a day or two before releasing them outside. My Grandfather always made sure I turned them back loose.
I have outdoor lighting and here in North Carolina the American toad population is huge. By mid May I see one every few feet all over my property. And the really good thing is that American toads eat huge amounts of bugs.
The American toad lays two strings of eggs in the water of a pond and the eggs hatch in 7 - 12 days. Believe it or not but most fish know what American Toad tadpoles are and they won't eat them. If they do they get sick from eating the tadpole of the American toad.
If you want something interesting to do watch a toad one evening under an outdoor light and watch what it does. If you watch it you'll see it eat bug after bug. For this reason I don't let people remove toads from my property.
Its perfectly alright to let your kids keep a toad for a few days in a aquarium with a reptile lid but they should free it after a few days.