Generally, we cannot differentiate between a toad and a frog in the first go, but zoologists have established a clear border line between them. As per their research, toads are from the same class to which frogs belong, that is, Amphibians but the former have shorter legs as compared to those of the latter. Moreover frog likes to leap, whereas toads like to hop. Both frogs and toads are known as anurans. Also the skin of toads is rougher than that of frogs. Continuing with the differences of frogs and toads, the latter are unable to climb and they live down to earth all the time while some of the frogs have ability to climb. Toads can be very easily seen everywhere across the globe except the polar areas, Madagascar, Australia and surrounding islands.
- Like every animal and insect, toads also have some mechanism to protect themselves against their enemies, that is, they discharge a liquid substance that is poisonous.
- Though this poison is harmless to humans but is effective on other toads' enemies.
- On the other side, toads are even considered as beneficial for humans in China, as many years back the toads’ skin was used in the medicines given to the heart patient.
- Coming to the breeding process of toads, it is quite similar to that of other anurans.
- Throughout the breeding season, the males keep calling their mates with a long shrill voice.
- It is a known fact to all of you that the true toads do not breed till it is raining heavily in the area that leads to creation of small pools.
- It is one of the toad facts that they go into water only for breeding purposes.
- If somehow, the pool gets dried off, the tadpoles in the pool die at the spot.
- Some of the female toads lay one egg while some lay thousands of eggs at a time.
- The male toads are considered as irresponsible towards their mates’ eggs.
- Only some of the male members of the species care for the eggs but not all.
- Some of the male toads swim having their eggs in such a way that they cover their bodies.
- Now the shelter, the toads can be very easily seen around watery lands, pools, gardens, agricultural lands and any place where they can find moisture and humidity.
- A toad lives a life of almost forty years (40) on average if they are able to strive through their first year of life.
- It is a known myth that if you touch a toad, the ld leave some warts or moles on your skin that is only a fabrication and there is no truth in it.
In most toads the male attracts the female with a mating call. Toads are most active at night, or during rainy spells, when they hunt worms, grubs and any insects that they can catch. Only moving prey attracts they toads attention. It is caught on the toads long tongue, which it flicks out and back into its mouth in less than one-tenth of a second. During hot dry spells toads burrow into the ground and become inactive. This is called aestivation.
Types of Toad
As far as types of toads are concerned, there is a very long list of that but, some from the list, are mentioned in this section such as Boreal toad, Arroyo toad, Yosemite toad, Western Green toad, Black toad, Houston toad, Arizona toad, Amargosa toad, Red-spotted toad, Sonoran Green toad, Texas toad, Rocky Mountain toad, Narrow-mouthed toad, Gulf Coast toad, Cane toad and, so on. Only in the United States there are more than fourteen species of this amphibian. Some of these toads are found in two North American countries, that is, Canada, Mexico and surrounding regions as well.
What do Toads Eat?
Now let us discover "What do toads eat?" Since baby toads, that are called tadpoles, live in pools and watery lands, they like to have algae and other things found in water as their diet. Whereas the adult toads like to have insects, worms, spider and other mites in their diet. Like frogs, toads also grasp their prey with the help of their long tongues. The interesting thing is that toad doesn't chew its prey and gulp it as a whole. As per research facts, an American toad can easily eat one thousand preys at maximum, in a day. Like scorpions, toads also like to remain hidden under small digs and soggy places during the day time and become active in the night. Usually, they catch their prey at night, as they are inside the holes during the day. In addition to it, when the weather is very hot, they love to remain under some clammy place and come out when rain hits the ground.
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