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Common Bufo

Post by ICDEDTURKES » July 18th, 2021, 3:05 pm

I was walking the yard individually spraying weeds when I spotted something move.. It was as I looked closer I realized it was a toad, a baby toad at that.. As it hopped and hopped to avoid my grasp I eventually caught him.. I grabbed my phone and captured a picture just before he attempted to hop out of my hand..

After a short picture session I let him on his way. As I continued to search for weeds camouflaged in the grass, I saw another one, I didn't want to catch this one and let it go about it's toad business.. Much to my shock a few feet later a third and a fourth. I was inundated with the specie..

It made me think back to a few evenings ago seeing a larger specimen fully camouflaged in an ant hill underneath the security light above the barn door. The large specimen was there for three nights fully camouflaged in the ant hill until my dog scared it away.. One evening I sat and drank my tea for a few minutes even getting the opportunity to watch it stick it's tongue out and grasp a sunset dinner.. Was this the mother? The father? Will never know..

That day made me remember earlier in the year when the night was serenaded with the sound of the common tree frog. Not thinking I sprayed the entire lawn for weeds, a few days later no longer heard the distinct sound of the frog. Had the toxins in the weed killer killed the frogs, sent them packing for a new location..

So I researched and the chemicals are highly toxic to frogs and reptiles.

That's when I determined I should only spot treat the lawnnin an effort to preserve our little friends.. Is it working? I believe yes, with the robust population of toads inhabitating the yard..

Please take all this into consideration when treating your lawn, what's more important a weed free lawn, or a healthy ecosystem
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by spider316 » July 18th, 2021, 3:16 pm

Common sand toad ? Always scare me when I go to move a log or rock and they hop out !
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by Turkinator » July 18th, 2021, 4:38 pm

Neat

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by guesswho » July 18th, 2021, 5:37 pm

You ain’t going to cook it?
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by hoobilly » July 18th, 2021, 10:21 pm

Frogs eat skeeters so we needs them
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by timbrhuntr » July 18th, 2021, 10:29 pm

guesswho wrote:
July 18th, 2021, 5:37 pm
You ain’t going to cook it?
:LMAO: Exactly what I was thinking when I opened it lol

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by Vintage » July 18th, 2021, 10:58 pm

About a thousand and you have a good meal. LOL
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by youngoutdoors » July 18th, 2021, 11:00 pm

What kind of weed killer did you use? Those are little frog legs!

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by soiltester » July 19th, 2021, 7:02 am

Whew, I don't spray my lawn and love anything that grows that will save my lawn from erosion :shock:
ever wonder where the white goes when the snow melts??

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by GLS » July 20th, 2021, 5:27 am

My old home had a car-sized concrete fish pond that held goldfish. Once a month during the summer, every toad within hearing range gathered to mate and lay eggs. The ruckus they made could awake the dead. Think cicadas with megaphones. With a scoop net, I'd gather as many as I could and take them to a lake a mile away. The eggs would rob the pond of O2 which would kill the fish and stink like the dickens. I solved the problem by moving to another house. Gil

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by crow » July 20th, 2021, 7:26 am

Planting several large fairy rings spaced out over your yard is a natural weed deterrent and also seems to attract a higher than normal concentration of toads and frogs

we planted some large fairy rings in the Olympic circle pattern, the toad population just exploded.
you can sit inside the rings in the evening without a thermacell, never see a mosquito.

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Re: Common Bufo

Post by ICDEDTURKES » July 20th, 2021, 7:17 pm

So last night after supper me and cougar went for our 3 mile walk, in the woods I came across a smaller specimen..

I also almost stepped on a watersnake by time I grabbed my phone it disappeared..
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Re: Common Bufo

Post by ICDEDTURKES » July 21st, 2021, 10:05 pm

Holy Grail tonight, trophy.. Cougar and I were setting in the yard reminiscing just at dark, she caught movement to her left and got up and was on it, a mature bufo.. I let her play with it a bit called her off and was lucky enough to get some pictures
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