Big Toad Little Toad

By Sue Ann Kendall

Ever since learning all about Houston toads last week, I’ve been wanting to find the toad currently hanging around our house in the Walker’s Creek community outside of Cameron. I was especially curious, because that toad has some BIG poop.

Yesterday, my niece sent me five pictures. It was a toad! I was already on my way home, so I got all excited. Must be a Master Naturalist thing.

When I got to the house, Kathleen showed me our new neighbor. She is one big mama Gulf Coast toad. She can’t be a dude toad, too big. She just hung around in the grass, and no dog was dumb enough to mess with her. (I have a feeling there are more toads by the house, judging by the nightly croaking.)

Very large toad. I didn’t pick her up for more ID, because I wanted her to continue to feel safe.

Later that evening, I was walking by the garage, which is near a little pond, when I saw something move. It was a fresh young toadlet!

Tiny toad up close.

This little fella is the opposite of Big Mama! As you can see, it’s smaller than a June bug.

Toad versus bug

I’m happy some of the pond tadpoles made it out and are heading for the big-filled world around our house and woods.

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