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15-Oct-2019 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Toad Turd

Weird title that brings up all kind of Google results...

Like https://morningbrayfarm.com/2010/07/15/whos-pooping-on-the-patio/
and https://amphibianlife.com/what-does-frog-poop-look-like-you-may-be-surprised/

What you see is NOT a tail.

Until I was witness to this biological function today, I never thought much about toads at all. When I spotted this cute, little 1 1/2 inch critter, I just assumed tiny "frog". When it puffed up, I then assumed it was about to vocalize. Instead, squeezed out what you see in the photo.

That drove me to the Web. The tiny frog is not a frog. It is a tiny toad. There are also quite a few of brown "toad turds" - which eventually ended up being double the size of what you see in the photo - on the webbing of our deck chairs. Yuck!!! Who would have thought? The chairs got hosed off two days ago; so this guy must be a prolific pooper to deposit that much excrement in just two days. Double Yuck!!!

Upon watching the toad poop, my first fear was salmonella where the dogs play: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/salmonella/amphibian_reptilian_questions_and_answers.htm
After reading more about toads, I discovered that toads are also poisonous for pets http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/beware-toads-that-can-poison-cats-and-dogs Even sniffing or licking one can harm a dog. Because my dogs are so super small, I am extra concerned.

I find Nature fascinating. However, there are times (like this one) when I don't like to have it where I live. I stop being a Nature lover when it poses a health risk to humans or pets. So what started out as a photo opt of one of Nature's critters has ended up being "I hope it quickly moves on without incident" Since we're well into mid October and have had our first freeze, I really hope toad hibernation comes soon & he goes somewhere far away from our yard.


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Jean Chiasson17-Oct-2019 02:52
Splendid close up Liz V
bill friedlander16-Oct-2019 15:53
A cute little fellow beautifully captured. V
Carl Carbone16-Oct-2019 15:39
Yes! I find these on the driveway and when I learned what they were I too was impressed! Great action shot.
Jim Coffman16-Oct-2019 13:16
WOW!! I am impressed!!
Helen Betts16-Oct-2019 12:13
Great closeup of the toad, but sounds like it would be better if it moved on.
joseantonio16-Oct-2019 11:56
looks like a lovely statue.V.
Martin Lamoon16-Oct-2019 11:38
Brilliant
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Yvonne16-Oct-2019 09:24
What an experience you've had with this toad! Very interesting story Liz! v
Graeme16-Oct-2019 08:29
A great story and shot of this tiny toad doing its business, Liz lol..V