Binghamton, New York, United States
Posted Aug 17, 2009
By far, American Toads are awesome little critters. They are very beautiful, some have very extravagent markings and patterns of color. They are very easy to care for and don't require much. Is raised properly they have long life spans and can be handled if your hands are clean and moist. They can tolerate being held more than other amphibian species. For food, they will basically eat any type of soft bodied insect as long as it's alive and moves to catch their attention. I say soft bodied insects because they are easier for toads to digest, but they can basically eat anything that fits in their mouths!
My friend's 2 year old daughter loves my big fat toads. When they are acclimated to handling and being around humans, most of them will no longer pee on you as a way to discourage predators.
When it rains I take my toads outside for some fresh rainwater. All toads, wild or in captivity love to sit out during rain storms. :-)
Overall, they are very easy to care for, fun to feed and watch, and make a good pet for anyone.