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Old Apr 8, 2014, 8:53 PM   #1
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Default An Abundance of Toads

Our native American Toads (Bufo americanus ) are usually solitary "critters," quietly living in our gardens and woodlands, consuming huge numbers of pest insects. But for a few days each early spring, they gather in huge numbers for courting purposes. First the males show up at a suitable shallow freshwater locations, and begin their pleasant, persistent trilling call.
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Old Apr 8, 2014, 8:55 PM   #2
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Each toad is well-equipped with an amazing amplification system!
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You can see how the vibration of his song sends ripples across the water.
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A few males calling soon brings in plenty more, and they do seem to somewhat synchronize their calls. The more and louder the calls, the sooner the females will find their breeding pool.
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Females are quite a bit larger than the males. Here's one checking out a potential mate.
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Males fertilize the eggs as they leave the female. In less than two months all the eggs will have hatched, grown into tadpoles, and, if they survive the tadpole stage, will already be tiny, land-dwelling toads.
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After a few days of singing and mating, the adult toads go off to their separate terrestrial homes, staying pretty much silent and solitary until next spring.
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This toad cousin (an upland chorus frog) and I hope you enjoyed the visit to the toad pond. Thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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Nice Mole, and so is the lesson.
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Hans - So glad you enjoyed the photos and the toad information. And thanks for taking time to comment!
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