Posted Jul 25, 2015
Toads are absolutely one of the easiest native critters to take care of that I've ever seen. All they require is a ten-gallon aquarium, some dirt, some rocks to perch on, and a "pond". I also put rocks in the "pond" for them to sit on. I put an old plastic ice cream bucket in their house for their pond, cut down so they can get into it. The water in the "pond" needs to be dumped out on occasion, and the container needs to be cleaned. The water level in the "pond" needs to be kept up high enough so the toads can sit in the water and cool off if they need to. They also need to be able to sit in their "pond" to drink, as they absorb moisture through their skin in order to drink. I feed them crickets. They need to be fed at least three times a week; daily is better. As with other herps that hibernate, it is important to pay attention to when they come out of hibernation, and start giving them crickets every day, removing the crickets after awhile if they don't eat them, feeding them again the next day. It is OK to handle them, although they don't really like it, and it stresses them. If you do decide to handle one, expect to be urinated on, as this is their only means of defense. They don't bite or do anything else. And handling them most definitely will not give you warts.
All of my toads have been native to my area, and I've really enjoyed owning them. I've had several at once, but I don't recommend doing this, as it seems to stress them. They do just fine if you put three in a ten gallon aquarium, though. I love owning toads. It's nice to have the little guys to say "hi" to, and to watch their antics as they feed. They are a very low-key pet, and are really quite peaceful to have around.