Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Posted May 27, 2015
I only meant to take them in for a month or so, just long enough for the freak cold spell to wear off. The weather had spiked to high temperatures, tricking reptiles from their slumber, than dropped to a long cast of below freezing days. So when the weather called for such a harsh turn and I found two American toads just relaxing in the back yard, I decided to hope them for a bit.
I ended up getting attached to the two, however, and kept them for a year. I loved the way they enjoyed being rubbed on the patch on the side of their faces, and how they did not fear me so long as I moved slowly. They disliked being held, though, so I tried to handle them as little as possible. Their diet was a little hard to satisfy, preferring live moths. I had them roaming my room, with a little corner designed for the heat/humidity/water supply, so to feed them live moths meant releasing a bunch into my bedroom and hoping most were caught. Which they were not. They also ate worms, but only after having failed at catching moths for a few days.
All in all, they were good fun for the year that I hoped them. The proved to be capable of love and trust, though they were a bit too relaxed in nature. They would do poorly in homes that have hunting animals (cats, hyper dogs, ferrets), as their confidence often leads to a lack of self preservation.
For a one person home, though, they can make due with any schedule you may have.