American Toad

By: Meriel Bradley

I found this beauty while raking the leaves this fall.

The American Toad is a large, squat toad that lives in ponds during their breeding season, and then they hibernate on land in the winter and burrow beneath the frost line in the soil.

The tadpoles feed on vegetation in the ponds whereas the adults are carnivorous and feed on insects, worms, spiders, and slugs making it a great natural pest control in the garden.

Quick Facts

A large squat toad that can grow up to 11 cm

Lays 2 strands of eggs that wrap themselves around aquatic plants

They breed in warm, shallow ponds, shallow streams, and along river margins

The adults hibernate on land during the winter by digging below the frost line

 It eats a large number of pest insects and invertebrates, making it a welcome addition to your garden

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