Posted Jun 05, 2015
I can't remember where this pet came from--it was one of my childhood animals--and I'm afraid it might have been taken from the wild, which I don't condone. That being said, it was an easy-to-keep pet that lived a surprisingly long time, and was a lot of fun for me and my friends.
I don't know if my toad was the norm, but unlike a lot of cold-blooded pets, it moved around /a lot/ and seemed to always have something to do. It lived comfortably on whatever insects we could catch for it in the yard, and otherwise just wanted a shallow dish of water and a warm light. American Toads in particular are very affable and fun to look at. They're like the pugs of the amphibian world.
Although I was very happy to have one as a child, I was an unusually gentle child--I wouldn't recommend them for a hyper or inattentive kid. They're delicate, they'll immediately pee on you if they aren't happy being held, and they also hop away surprisingly fast if you're not paying attention while taking them out of the terrarium.
I remember several instances of being worried that he had escaped his enclosure, only to find that he had burrowed under the dirt for warmth or safety. All in all, a fascinating pet.