(from PPv#8, issue#2)
|Did You Know?
•The American toad digs a hole for himself with his spurred hind feet, then hides in it and waits for an
insect to walk along.
•His quick reflexes allow him to stick out his tongue and catch an insect as it walks by.
•It has been estimated that an American toad can eat 3,000 insects in one month and up to 10,000 in
•The American toad comes in a variety of colors, but is most commonly brown.
•There are dark blotches on the toad’s body. On these botches are warts. (Contrary to the old wife's
tale, they do not spread onto you if you touch them)
•These warts are actually glands that produce a fowl tasting liquid that helps to protect them from
•In the spring the female toad lays thousands of eggs in tubes that form a string in the water.
•The eggs hatch in 3 - 12 days into tadpoles.
•Once they reach maturity, they hop out and live on dry land.
•The American toad is a medium sized toad that grows to about 2 - 3 1/2 inches long.
•They produce a toxin in the parotoid gland behind the eyes which is only harmful if ingested or rubbed
into the eyes.
•Garter snakes are not harmed by this poison so instead the toad puffs itself full of air to make it look too
big for the snake to swallow.
(from PPv #10, issue#3)