Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Meet Toadie

Meet Toadie
I actually don't know if it was male or female...I switched between calling him Mr. Toadie and Big Mama...just depened on my mood I guess.

Anyway, this picture was taken in 2000. The picture is somewhat the worse for wear as you can see by the scrathes, etc. But I wanted to use it because I thought this might be a fun post. This is one of our daughters holding him...if you rubbed his side or belly he would lean into it. And if you rubbed right above and between his eyes he would close his eyes and hold ever so still.

I am wondering if we will see him this year or if something happened to him last year. Last year we only seen him two or three times early in the year. The last time I held him, he completely filled my palm width wise--he was one fat healthy boy. My palm is at least 3 or 3 1/2 inches wide. We would knock bugs/millers down for him. If we actually killed the bug, we would place it in front of him and blow on it to make it move, otherwise he would not attempt to eat it.

What's more, as a kid, we had a toad that came up on our porch almost every night in search of food...we all know how lights attract bugs at night. Only down there, he had to climb up a flight of 6 or 7 steps. After I moved to Indiana and told my husband about him, he kind of thought I was being funny or something till we went home and he seen it for himself.

Anyway, we all really have a soft spot for toads...if I am mowing and see one move, I stop and catch it and move it out of danger. With the exception of one summer, seeing a toads here is sort of rare. That one summer, I think my daughter and I sat outside with a flashlight and could 10 or 12 small toads. That had never happened before and never since


Peter Parrott said...

Hello Rose
Thank you for leaving me comments on my blog. Tom shows me you pictures. I do my blogging from Toms PC. I do not have one and typing takes me a while. It makes Tom laugh watching me.. He's laughing now as I do this.

I like the toad and see them on my walks.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Toads are a good friend of gardeners so I applaud you for taking good care of them. They eat all kinds of bad bugs, and since I garden organically that's a GOOD thing!

Carletta said...

Nice story Rose.
Toads and frogs have always made me squeamish!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Rose..
We used to have a toad that lived quite happily under the compost heap I was young, I also know of at least two local pubs that have toads in the cellar of the pubs...
I like toads and frogs and hate to find them dead in the street

Snap Catch said...

cool one! Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. mine's up too, hope you'll visit mine.

Marcos Santos said...

I liked his frog

Mississippi Nature said...

Cute Toad! Fingernails too! LOL

TexWisGirl said...

oh, adorable!!!