New York, United States
Posted Jul 04, 2015
I got first got several toads from a friend who caught them on her property. I had about four in all and they were really my first major pet that were just for me. They were pretty easy to feed, giving them mostly crickets from the local pet shop or sometime I'd catch carpenter ants and toss them in there. Creating and maintaining their habitat was usually pretty fun as well.
It was a made of soil, though I can't quite remember where we got it from. We planted a few leafy plants in there with one above ground in a pot and buried a bowl of water that was frequently changed. There was also a sun lamp for them to warm up with. This was before the internet, so this set up was based mostly on what seemed right from what little knowledge of amphibians and toad habitats I had at time time.
This lasted a few good years until a fairly cold winter and spring, where one day, two of them seemed to disappear. My family and I ran through all kinds of crazy theories as to where they went, but it wasn't until after the last few toads died a few weeks later and their habitat was being dismantled that we discovered their fate. From what I can tell, they tried to hibernate by burrowing into the pot. They died and stuck together! It was more than I was prepared for, that's for sure!