How to care for a toad

How to care for a toad

Attracting toads is the dream of many gardeners. Having toads in the garden is very beneficial as they naturally prey on insects, slugs, and snails— up to 10,000 in a single summer. Having a resident toad keeps the pest population down and reduces the need for harsh pesticides or labor intensive natural controls. Let’s take a look at how to attract toads to your garden.

How to Attract Toads

Attracting toads to your garden mostly involves creating the right kind of habitat for toads. If you keep this in mind, you’ll have no problem getting a toad to take up residence.

Cover from predators– Toads are a tasty meal for many animals. Snakes, birds, and the occasional house pet will kill and eat toads. Provide plenty of foliage and slightly elevated areas where toads can stay safe.

Moist cover– Toads are amphibians. This means that they live on both land and in the water and need moisture to survive. While toads are not as closely tied to the water as frogs, they still need a moist place to live.

Toads make homes under boards, porches, loose rocks, and roots of trees. You can provide moist hiding spots for toads to encourage them to stay. You can even turn a desirable place for a toad to live into a garden decoration by making a garden toad house.

Eliminate pesticides and chemicals– If you are using pesticides or other chemicals, chances are your garden is too toxic to have toads in the garden. Toads are highly sensitive to chemicals and even small amounts can be damaging to their health.

Water– Toads may not live in water, but they need water to reproduce. A small pond or ditch that stays filled with water for at least a significant part of the year will not only help with attracting toads, but will help ensure future generations of toads.

Making your garden more toad friendly is all you need to do when looking at how to attract toads. Having a toad in the garden is a natural blessing to a gardener.

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  • Care for my Woodhouse toad

    Last May my girlfriend and I caught a handful of Woodhouse toadlets (the backyard literally had thousands, very cool) which we raised over the summer. We had originally planned to release them all, but I eventually broke down and we decided to keep one. There are a few issues I’d like some input on.

    Burrowing. The tank has

    4 inches of soil. After a large meal, it’s pretty common for her to burrow for a couple days straight. Usually we dig her up after about 48 hours and she goes back to being her gluttonous self. Is this normal? How long do you think she would stay under if left to her own devices? The tank stays in the low 70s fairly consistently, and what I’ve seen suggests toads won’t hibernate in captivity without a little help, but the thought keeps popping in my head.

    Hides. She seems to have zero interest in the bark hide I made her, except for hunting down any prey hiding inside. She’ll sit in a corner of the tank, or occasionally make a wallow, but that’s about it. It’s a pretty plain cage layout at the moment. A 29 gallon with a water dish, a decently sized hide, and open space. Any suggestions that might make it a little more comfortable/stimulating for her? What are your experiences with hide use in captive toads, and any recommendations for hardy plants she won’t just uproot week one? I could just keep it in a pot, but I prefer going as natural as is safe. She seems content, but if she’s going to be spending the foreseeable future in the tank, I’d like to up my game a little.

    Adulthood. As said, she hatched this spring. At nearly 9 cm, I think she’s nearly done growing. Can Bufo grow significantly in their second year? Does the lack of hibernation their first winter alter their normal development any? At this point, I’m not too concerned with overfeeding, but when, if ever, should I be?

    Multivitamins and parasites. We’re lucky that we had a lot of access to a wide variety of safe, wild-caught insects, so I really only worried about calcium dusting as they grew. Going to a cricket only diet this winter has me concerned, so I’m planning to get a multivitamin supplement this week. Are they all about the same? She shows no sign of parasites, but as the food was all from outside, I realize it’s a possibility. Any subtle signs to watch out for?

    Sorry for the overload of questions.

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  • Care for my Woodhouse toad

    Last May my girlfriend and I caught a handful of Woodhouse toadlets (the backyard literally had thousands, very cool) which we raised over the summer. We had originally planned to release them all, but I eventually broke down and we decided to keep one. There are a few issues I’d like some input on.

    Burrowing. The tank has

    4 inches of soil. After a large meal, it’s pretty common for her to burrow for a couple days straight. Usually we dig her up after about 48 hours and she goes back to being her gluttonous self. Is this normal? How long do you think she would stay under if left to her own devices? The tank stays in the low 70s fairly consistently, and what I’ve seen suggests toads won’t hibernate in captivity without a little help, but the thought keeps popping in my head.

    Hides. She seems to have zero interest in the bark hide I made her, except for hunting down any prey hiding inside. She’ll sit in a corner of the tank, or occasionally make a wallow, but that’s about it. It’s a pretty plain cage layout at the moment. A 29 gallon with a water dish, a decently sized hide, and open space. Any suggestions that might make it a little more comfortable/stimulating for her? What are your experiences with hide use in captive toads, and any recommendations for hardy plants she won’t just uproot week one? I could just keep it in a pot, but I prefer going as natural as is safe. She seems content, but if she’s going to be spending the foreseeable future in the tank, I’d like to up my game a little.

    Adulthood. As said, she hatched this spring. At nearly 9 cm, I think she’s nearly done growing. Can Bufo grow significantly in their second year? Does the lack of hibernation their first winter alter their normal development any? At this point, I’m not too concerned with overfeeding, but when, if ever, should I be?

    Multivitamins and parasites. We’re lucky that we had a lot of access to a wide variety of safe, wild-caught insects, so I really only worried about calcium dusting as they grew. Going to a cricket only diet this winter has me concerned, so I’m planning to get a multivitamin supplement this week. Are they all about the same? She shows no sign of parasites, but as the food was all from outside, I realize it’s a possibility. Any subtle signs to watch out for?

    Sorry for the overload of questions.

    How to care for a toad

    Whimsical as well as practical, a toad house makes a charming addition to the garden. Toads consume 100 or more insects and slugs every day, so a toad house makes a great gift for a gardener who is fighting the battle of the bug. While you can always choose to purchase a toad house for the garden, they actually cost very little to make, and building a toad house is simple enough for even the youngest family members to enjoy.

    How to Make a Toad House

    You can make a garden toad house from a plastic food container or a clay or plastic flowerpot. When deciding what to use as a toad house, keep in mind that plastic containers are free and easy to cut, but clay pots are cooler in the heat of summer.

    If you plan to decorate your toad house with children, make sure you use a washable paint. Washable paint adheres to clay better than it does to plastic. Once you have decorated the container, you are ready to set up your toad house.

    DIY Toad Houses

    You have two options for setting up a toad house made from a clay pot. The first method is to lay the pot horizontally on the ground and bury the lower half in the soil. The result is a toad cave. The second option is to set the pot upside down on a circle of rocks. Make an entryway by removing a couple of rocks.

    When using a plastic container, cut an entryway into the plastic and place the container upside down onto the soil. Place a rock on top, or if the container is large enough, sink it down into the soil an inch or two (2.5 to 5 cm.) to keep it in place.

    A toad house for the garden needs a shady location, preferably under a shrub or plant with low-hanging leaves. Make sure there is a source of water nearby. In the absence of a natural water source, sink a small dish into the soil and keep it filled with water at all times.

    Quite often, a toad will find the house on its own, but if your house remains empty, you can find a toad instead. Just look in cool, shady woodland areas and along stream banks.

    Adding a garden toad house to your planting areas is a great way to entice these insect-eating friends to the area. In addition, it’s a fun activity for the kids.

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  • caring for southern toad?

    well i found one that is hurt and i can treat it but i need to know its habits like the bedding and if it can live in a 1.5 gallon for a week or so and other stuff its foot is broken . when i found him he was being eaten by ants but hes getting better so please help

    Re: caring for southern toad?

    Good thing you caught him before it was too late! Check the Frog Forum – Toad Basics – Keeping ground-dwelling Toads. A care sheet for Bufo, Anaxyrus, Spea, Scaphiopus, Ollotis, Alytes, Pelobates for more info. A 1.5 gallon terrarium would be too small for a few weeks, he would do better in a plastic shoebox with paper towel substrate, water dish and hide. Make sure to check his foot for infection often and if it looks as if there is a problem, the Frog Forum – Basic Frog First Aid would help greatly, if you dont feel to sure about applying any antibiotics, its best to check with the moderators to see what to do. Good luck with your new friend!

    “A Righteous man cares for his animals” – Proverbs 12:10
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    How to care for a toad

    Whimsical as well as practical, a toad house makes a charming addition to the garden. Toads consume 100 or more insects and slugs every day, so a toad house makes a great gift for a gardener who is fighting the battle of the bug. While you can always choose to purchase a toad house for the garden, they actually cost very little to make, and building a toad house is simple enough for even the youngest family members to enjoy.

    How to Make a Toad House

    You can make a garden toad house from a plastic food container or a clay or plastic flowerpot. When deciding what to use as a toad house, keep in mind that plastic containers are free and easy to cut, but clay pots are cooler in the heat of summer.

    If you plan to decorate your toad house with children, make sure you use a washable paint. Washable paint adheres to clay better than it does to plastic. Once you have decorated the container, you are ready to set up your toad house.

    DIY Toad Houses

    You have two options for setting up a toad house made from a clay pot. The first method is to lay the pot horizontally on the ground and bury the lower half in the soil. The result is a toad cave. The second option is to set the pot upside down on a circle of rocks. Make an entryway by removing a couple of rocks.

    When using a plastic container, cut an entryway into the plastic and place the container upside down onto the soil. Place a rock on top, or if the container is large enough, sink it down into the soil an inch or two (2.5 to 5 cm.) to keep it in place.

    A toad house for the garden needs a shady location, preferably under a shrub or plant with low-hanging leaves. Make sure there is a source of water nearby. In the absence of a natural water source, sink a small dish into the soil and keep it filled with water at all times.

    Quite often, a toad will find the house on its own, but if your house remains empty, you can find a toad instead. Just look in cool, shady woodland areas and along stream banks.

    Adding a garden toad house to your planting areas is a great way to entice these insect-eating friends to the area. In addition, it’s a fun activity for the kids.

    Sunday, August 5, 2018

    How to Care for an American Toad

    American toads are not typical pets, but they can be kept that way if you know how to care for them. Set up an aquarium for it with materials that mimic nature so that your toad will be comfortable in your home. You can show love for your toad by maintaining its habitat, feeding it live insects, and looking out for its health.

    Edit Steps

    Edit Housing an American Toad

    1. Buy a aquarium for your toad. House your American toad in an aquarium that is at least long, tall, and wide. These are the measurements for most standard aquariums. Purchase an aquarium at a pet store or online. [1]

    How to care for a toad

    • Be sure to buy an aquarium with a lid that closes securely.
    • Never place the tank in direct sunlight because it will overheat the toad.
  • Line the tank with of substrate material. A substrate is a material placed at the bottom of a cage or tank that that absorbs your pet’s waste and allows it to burrow. Fill the bottom of the aquarium with an organic material such as potting soil, moss, or shredded leaves. You can also purchase special substrates such as ground coconut fiber or forest bark bedding at pet stores. [2] .

    How to care for a toad

    • Avoid using gravel or sand as a substrate as they can be harmful if swallowed by your toad.
  • Add hiding spots to the aquarium. Toads like having places to hide in their habitat. Find or purchase items that will mimic nature, such as pieces of driftwood, large dried leaves, or pieces of tree bark. You can also add items like flower pots for large, sturdy hiding spots. [3]

    How to care for a toad

    How to care for a toad

    • Amphibians are sensitive to chlorine so avoid using chlorinated municipal tap water.
    • Use bottled water or filtered water.
  • Edit Feeding the Toad

    1. Feed your toad live insects that can fit into its mouth. American toads are carnivorous and eat insects as their sole source of nourishment. They prefer them live and might not consume them if they are not moving. As a general rule, you can feed your toad any live insect that is small enough to fit into its mouth. [5]

    How to care for a toad

    • Worms and crickets, which can be purchased from pet stores, should form the bulk of your toad’s diet.
    • Avoid feeding your toad flying insects, which it may not be adept enough to catch.
    • You can feed your toad insects that you find in nature, such as spiders or ants.
  • Feed your toad 3-6 insects every 2-3 days. Be sure to give your toad at least 3-6 live insects a day to eat to maintain its weight. If the insects are particularly small, such as ants, feed your toad twice as many for the same results. Space out feedings to keep your toad satisfied. [6]

    How to care for a toad

    Edit Maintaining Hygiene and Health

    1. Replace the substrate every 2 months, or as soon as needed. As a general rule, the substrate material should be removed and replaced every 2 months. If you see that the substrate is visibly soiled before that point, replace it early. While the aquarium is empty, clean it with a 5% bleach solution and rinse it thoroughly. [8]
      • Buy a small plastic tank from a pet store to hold your toad while you clean its aquarium.
    2. Find a vet who treats “exotic pets” for your toad. Many veterinarians will not treat toads as they do not have enough experience with their physiology and illnesses. If you suspect that your toad is sick, look for “exotic pet” veterinarians and inquire about their experience with amphibians. An inexperienced vet may inadvertently do harm to your toad while trying to treat it. [9]

    How to care for a toad

    How to care for a toad

    • Always wash your hands immediately before and after handling your toad. Any lotions, perfumes, or other substances on your hands may irritate your toad.
  • Edit Tips

    • Toads can thrive in room temperature. If they get overheated, they will simply burrow into the substrate.
    • Toads may urinate or defecate when they are frightened. This is normal and not a cause for concern.
    • Keep pets and small children away from your toad.

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    Edit Sources and Citations

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    The Bufo Alvarius toad can live for quite a long time in captivity. The Sonoran Desert toad, in general, lives for five to fifteen years, but one toad lived to 36, although it was not a Bufo Alvarius. But if you have gone to all the trouble of searching the Sonoran Desert to find them, or have purchased either a single or a pair of Bufo Alvarius toads from a reputable source, such as Bouncing Bear Botanicals, you will surely want to give it or them proper care so they will live a long time and give you many years of pleasure.

    The first care tip is handling. You should handle your toad as little as possible, and, especially if you have other pets in your home, always wash your hands both prior to and subsequent to touching your toad. This is because the skin of an amphibian is permeable, which is to say it is porous, and any toxic substances on your hands may easily be absorbed into their bloodstream. The reason why you should always wash your hands after touching the toad is because of the venom glands located on their head and legs. The toad venom has a milky appearance, and it may be sufficiently toxic to kill a small cat or dog. It can also cause serious irritation to eyes and nose, so make sure never to touch your face until after your hands have been cleaned.

    Toads are sensitive to light, sound and vibrations, so their housing should be kept in a quiet place where there is not a lot of noise and goings-on. Never put their aquarium on top of a stereo speaker or TV set, or even near them, because the vibrations are not good for them. Toads are nocturnal animals. They rest in the day time and come out at night, so the place where you house your Bufo Alvarius toad should not be too brightly lit.

    Probably the best place to keep your toads would be in an aquarium of a twenty gallon size or larger. These toads are very large and they are excellent at jumping, so make sure their aquarium has a cover that fits snugly. During the day, they like to burrow into the ground to conceal themselves, so the aquarium should have a floor made not with soil but with chunks of bark, smooth stones that are too big for them to swallow, peat moss or sphagnum moss that has been dried. These are cold-blooded animals, which means their body temperature comes from their environment, so keep your Bufo Alvarius in a place where the temperature ranges from 24 to 27 C or 75 to 80 F. Their living space should not be wet, but they do need a bowl of non-chlorinated water. They don’t drink the water, but they immerse themselves in it, absorbing it through their skin.

    Feeding your pet toad should not be too problematic if you live in an area where there are lots of insects such as crickets, or at least a pet shop that sells them. In the wild, they eat anything from small rodents and fish to bees, wasps and scorpions. These Colorado River toads even eat smaller frogs and toads.

    If you keep your toad’s accommodations clean and comfortable, and take proper steps to look after them, you should be able to enjoy the company of your Bufo Alvarius for many years.