Friday, June 5, 2009

Mr. Toad

Otherwise known as Woodhouse's toad (bufo woodhousii woodhousii), sometimes confused with the Great Plains toad.

I like having the toads around. Frogs and toads are signs of a healthy environment. If they disappear, as they are in parts of the world, we'll all be in trouble.

Emma likes toads, too. Unfortunately her interest is not entirely benevolent. But I'll give her credit: she has learned (pretty well at least) that I won't tolerate her mugging the toads. It's a help in this endeavor that they exude an unpleasant substance when bothered and it makes her salivate by the gallon. No doubt tastes bad as well. I certainly hope so.

This chap is living under the front porch among my kindling buckets and the wood pile I keep under there.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where's his canary yellow cart? Toad was my favorite character in The Wind and the Willows. In fact, that was my nickname when I was a kid, much to my chagrin.