Posted Nov 21, 2014
Living out in the country affords me and my family many opportunities to catch and release numerous wild critters. I enjoy catching, keeping briefly and learning about each animal before releasing it back into the wild to continue to do what it knows how to do, which is fend and care for itself. Last summer, my home was all but covered with toads of all different sizes. A rainfall after many years of drought brought thousands of toads to the surface to move and mate. The road near my home was hopping with hundreds at night and it was an unfortunate many that didn't quite make it across the road. My children caught some 20 or more at one time and we kept them in an aquarium for observation purposes. We also learned what sorts of meals they preferred and our garden supplied a great many toads with full bellies. It was an excellent experience for learning with children but I would not recommend them as year round pets, as they tend to dirty up their habitat rather quickly and it is somewhat difficult to clean, in addition to being rather smelly.