Posted Mar 14, 2015
When I was young, I always wanted the perfect pet for me. Something that was easy to handle, easy to feed, easy to clean up after, and fun to watch. As fate would have it, I came across an American Toad. It was dull brown like dirt, active, and easy to handle. I was instantly very happy. I found that the best habitat for my toad was a 10 gallon glass aquarium, with a screen hood on top (as to keep the toad from hopping out). I used regular dirt from my backyard to line the aquarium, a fake brown log to give the toad a place to hide, and a few artificial flowers to add some color.
Feeding American Toads was super easy, for the most part. Each toad is a little different, and has preferences as to what it loves to eat. I have had around six toads over the years, and some loved large night crawlers (worms), others preferred meal-worms, crickets, rolly pullies or grubs. I had one toad that let me hold him in my hand and it would eat flies off of walls! As I said, every toad has its preferred food, but once you find it, feeding the toad is super easy. Drop the food in the aquarium and just watch your toad hunt them down.
In the winter, my toad would semi-hibernate. It would eat tons of food and pack it in, then during the colder months it would burrow into the dirt to hide. Those months took very little effort to keep the toad happy. All I had to do was drop in a few bugs every few days and the toad would eat them. However, those months were fairly uneventful too, as the toad would not be active, so watching the toad was a little less fun during the winter.
Overall, I found it enjoyable throughout the years to watch the American Toad eat, hop, hide and just look around. Toads make little messes, which are easy to scoop out. I would recommend replacing the dirt every few months to remove any slight odors that build up, but little work as far as maintenance. Feeding is a few bugs daily, or several worms throughout the week. I had great experiences watching and caring for my toads. The American Toad was perfect for me, and if it sounds great for you, I would highly recommend them as pets.