Saturday, 4 March 2017

Toads of Cro Hall.



We cover our pool with black plastic for the winter months; this creates a temporary 'pond', which is the sole area of standing water around for quite some distance (other than my neighbour's similarly covered  pool).

At this time of year the local Toads are desperately looking for water in which to lay their long strings of eggs. Of course, they find me!

So, it's out with the net, and I scoop them up by the kilo and return them to the other side of the wall.

At the moment I fish out about 20 each day.  I suppose I really should dig them their own dedicated 'pond', but I have better things to do. Maybe next year!

Anyone want some Toads?



24 comments:

  1. They don't need water once they've become toads do they?

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    1. No idea; they turn-up every year to lay eggs on our pool cover. What they do for the rest of the year, I have no idea.

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    2. My cats catch them and bring them indoors and then we have toads in the house. The cats lose interest because the toads aren't so much fun as mice. I scoop them up on a shovel and put them outside over a wall too.

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    3. Toads need damp or wet grass. Frogs need neat water. Some people put ladders in the ponds for the toads to get out, but that wouldn't stop them from laying eggs.

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  2. Toads? Judging by the photo I thought you were going to treat us to roadkill. Very appetizing, particularly at 5.30 in the morning.

    U

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    1. Toads rule! Start your Saturday the Toad way.

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  3. We have toads too. Sounds like a nasty disease doesn't it!

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    1. Not the most aesthetic of creatures.

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  4. We have introduced cane toads in qld very poisonous to wild life so I'm afraid our favorite sport is squash the toad on the road 😕

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    1. Are those the HUGE Toads? Didn't they start as children's pets?

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  6. Do not want, ta. See Jan's comment above.

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  7. We get leopard frogs in our pool. The difficulty is when they dive too deep to be able to scoop them out. I must say that picture of the toads does make me shudder a bit. I don't mind a toad in my garden, but a whole net full of toads: no thanks. -Jenn

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    1. At the moment I have about twice that each day. Goodness knows where they all come from!

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  8. I was about to ask if the pool chemicals do not keep them away, but I reread and understand that it's the water that collects on top of the plastic cover.
    I have not seen a toad since my childhood days.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I'll send you some; they make lovely pets!

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    2. One is just fine, Cro, but if you promise me that it will turn into a prince. X

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  9. I don't suppose their legs are tasty, even French ones?

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  10. It's a pleasure to stop by for an overdue visit. Looks as if lots is still going on in your neighborhood. Best wishes.

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    1. It never stops here Frances; always something going on.

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  11. Digging them a dedicated pond would be the water version of Toad Hall.

    Alphie

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    1. I suppose I could make them a temporary pond each spring. I'm considering it.

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