Mr. Toad finally came out of hiding earlier this month and I have been keeping a close eye on him.
On the evening of May 6th I heard the leapord frogs talking outside. I have heard frogs in the evening many times, but this was the first time I heard them in my water gardens. It was a beautifully cool evening and I had the windows open and could hear them at night as I lay in bed reading.
The next morning when I headed out back I went straight to one of the water gardens and was surprised by what I saw.
Two Mr. Toads! (they are almost hidden under one of the lily pads) What! ok. ok. hmmm? At first I thought they were confused. I know I was. The female toads can be well over twice the size of the males, and clearly what I found was two male toads. But Wait…… there is more…. I almost completely missed Mrs. Toad!
It looked like she was relaxing near the edge of the water garden. She was H U G E! and it was a beautiful sight. What I don’t understand is why the two males were “hanging out” together so-to-speak! When we lived in Palm Springs we took drove down the Baja to go whale watching and I learned that it take three whales to mate; the two mating pair and a younger one to help keep them closer to the surface otherwise they would just sink. So, is that what is happening here? I don’t know.
What ever it is, I am hoping that there are toad eggs in that water garden.
As I walked back up near the house I was in the area were Mr. Toad had been living in the pot with the spider plant and actually came across him on the path. That makes four toads and that makes me happy. I have no idea where Mrs. Toad is hanging out, or even the other two Mr. Toads, I just hope they are safe and happy and stick around. I also hope they find that nice Toad Swimming Hole I put in especially for them.
The difference between toad eggs and frog eggs is night and day. Toad eggs look like a long string of jelly-like beads with a black dot in each bead egg, while frog eggs are found in one big gelatinous blob made of many many eggs. On May 17th I spotted tiny tiny black tadpoles in this water garden. Will they become frogs or will they become toads – I don’t know, but you know I will be watching them.
I realize now that I was hearing the toads calling and talking to each other that night, not the frogs at all!