We come across a lot of creatures in our backyard… like lizards, snakes, spiders, various buggies, occasional neighborhood kitties, and frogs. I don’t want to come into contact with either of those (well, except for the lizards and kitties), butt it’s those big, bad Bufo Toads that I really need to watch out for.
As I’ve mentioned before, when this non-native species is threatened or handled, it secretes a highly toxic milky substance from its large parotoid glands at the back of its head, behind the ears. This secretion can burn your eyes, may irritate your skin, and can kill cats and dogs if they ingest the secretion.
The other day, I found this toad in the grass. Mommy came right over to see what I was looking at, and rushed me away from it. Then she made sure he wouldn’t be hanging around in the middle of the yard anymore.
Look at this guy — isn’t he scary?!
Mommy used a rake to persuade the toad to move to
the other side of the yard. I couldn’t take my eyes
off of him, though… he thought I couldn’t see him.
He couldn’t hide from us though.
We watched his every move!
Mommy shooed him away by putting a rake
near him. Then he started hopping away!
Look how long his legs are!
Mommy made sure he went to the other side of the yard.
Once mommy had him on the other side of the yard,
she kept moving the rake alongside him, so he would
keep going in the right direction. He was almost there!
That’s when he jumped into the space under the shed
that daddy made. I guess if you’re a toad, it’s a nice
place to live. You’d have to like lizards, ’cause there
are lots of lizards living underneath there!
If you ever happen to come across a big frog or toad, don’t take any chances — stay as far away from it as you can. If you do come in contact with him and you ingest toxins, have your mommy use a hose to rinse out your mouth and/or your eyes, then call the doggie doctor!
Watch out for those toads, friends!
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