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Toad Facts

Updated on June 13, 2011

Interesting Facts about Toads

Here are some really interesting facts about toads. I am sure you are going to like them. Inform me and others with your views about this article by commenting below.

It is an amphibian, which means it is capable of living on land as well as in the water.

There is no clear distinction between toads and frogs, its just that the skin of a toad is rougher and drier than that of a frog. Toads also tend to be covered with warts.

It doesn't have teeth, so cant chew. A toad swallows its live meals whole.

Some toads excrete toxins which taste very bad to their predators, thus keeping them safe.

When a fire-bellied toad senses danger it arches its body, flashing the brilliant warning spots on its belly.

Some toads are poisonous, the excrete poison through their skin.

In California, due to the popularity of “toad licking," it is illegal to possess Colorado River Toads, which produce a powerful hallucinogen called bufotoxin.

Male fire-bellied toads have nuptial pads, enlarged bumps on their first and second fingers. These nuptial pads help aquatic frogs hold on to females during breeding.

Toads use their eyeballs to help swallow their prey.

A Common Toad
A Common Toad

There is a substance in the skin of the African clawed frog that helps in fighting infections.

An adult "Gold Frog" measures to be 9.8 millimeters in body length.

There was once a golden colored toad. These toads were first described in 1966 and not even a single sighting of this frog is reported since 1989. They have been described as 'Day-Glo golden orange'.

Most toads are small, but in Australia, a toad has been found that weighs two pounds and is the size of a football.

When threatened, the horned toad shoots blood from it's eyes.

Natterjack Toads are fully protected under UK law. It is an offence to capture or injure a Natterjack Toad or to destroy it’s habitat.

A group of toads is often referred to as a knot of toads.

We all know that toads eat flies but did you know there are toad eating flies in the Arizona Desert in the USA who will eat a toad?
The larvae of a sand flies wait in the sand until a toad passes by. They attach themselves to the toad and gradually kill it. When the toad dies the fly larvae feast on the decaying toad until they mature and fly off, perhaps to be eaten by a toad.

If you want to read facts about different breeds and types of toads, then visit Toad Facts.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. Fascinating information, UH. Talk about you circle of life between two totally different species of animals!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thanx for this wonderful comment Dohn. Its these comments that keep me going and I am trying to complete 30 hubs. 7 more to go, then I am done! :)

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      dohn131 7 years ago

      that's some great imfomation that i didn't know

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      gareth 7 years ago

      love u man love u great imvo

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      Emma 7 years ago

      woah these are cool! thanks, i used them for my school project. :)

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      Logan 7 years ago

      This rocks! I caught 7 toads last night and wanted the facts on them.

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      Liliyan 7 years ago

      These are so helpful!!!

      im writing about a poem about toads and these really helped with it!!!!

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Liliyan, if you visit this hub again, do share your poem with us.

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      adak 6 years ago

      it`s good

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      Jasmineus 6 years ago

      Thanks that help for my 5 toads I didn't know anything about toads until now thanks what ever your name is. But it was cool. :) :0 :p

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      Alex 6 years ago

      I live in Arizona I found two toads mateing in my salt water pool. there was about 6 thousand eggs in the water. My question is, are they harmfull to my family? What do I do with them? I keep throwing them over my wall and they keep coming back. HELP

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Alex, I am sorry I can't help you with this question. Though, I will recommend( and you might already be doing the same) keeping your family away from the pool till you figure this out.

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      casey9878987 6 years ago

      wow there are so many things i did not know obout toads. any way my pool turn green and now i have a lot off frog eggs in my pool.HELP PLEASE

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      shadow 6 years ago

      omg thanks helps!!!!

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      Great facts!

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      Margeret 6 years ago

      Awesome!

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      DidYuMeanJen  6 years ago

      Good Information. Currently doing GCSE Scince This Helped A bit..

      Thankss :)

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      Daphney 6 years ago

      well alex the eggs are probely bull frog eggs concidering of how many there are but i dont know how you could get rid of them

      sorry:(

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      B-ball1 6 years ago

      LOVE THE FACTS!!!! YOU R AWSOME LOVE YOU

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      People, thank you all for your wonderful comments!

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      sam 6 years ago

      these are really great facts, i used them for my school project and now ive got enough info for my project to be completed

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You forgot to mention what beautiful eyes the toad has. I probably would not have noticed, but when I read Old Mr. Toad by Thornton Burgess, that is one of the things I learned. The next time I saw a toad, I checked, and sure enough! It had lovely eyes.

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Can't include my personal likes or dislikes as facts here. :(

      I think I will notice the eyes the next time I see one. Thanks for stopping by and commenting WBR!!

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      vinsanity 6 years ago

      Hey this hub is great. Do you do any work with frogs or just have an interest?

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Thanks vinsanity! Just interested in nature and wildlife.

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      chickenwing one 6 years ago

      Thanks 4 the kol facts

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      toad man 6 years ago

      that cool!!!!!!!!

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      6 years ago

      awesome

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      tat 5 years ago

      hi toad people

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      maia johnson 5 years ago

      what are toads and frogs.

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      amari johnson 5 years ago

      great fun fact

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      karl 5 years ago

      id used this for my project

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      princess of love 5 years ago

      it is a really cool n imp. site 4 mah project.

      me n mah frndz used theze 4 our project

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thanx! I just used this information for my amphibian project in my 5th hour! My friends thought it was AWESOME! I was assigned to study toads and frogs by my group.....anyway, you've done a good job! Thumbs up! :)

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      radiga 5 years ago

      nice stuff

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      Amanda Gonzalez 5 years ago

      awessome i need some facts projet do next week

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      jorden 5 years ago

      omg!thankyou sooo much!I needed this info.It helped me out a lot.Only because i'm on vaca so my teacher extened some time for me so I could catch up with my reading group and I needed this info exactly on toads.THANKYOU!:)

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      Naomi 5 years ago

      My puppy licked a toad and he started acting funny. It made him throw up 2 times lastnight. Do toads in ohio have poison and should I call my vet?

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      Satori 5 years ago

      Well me and my friends found one last night and guests what? My cuzin told me we were ganna get warts HELP!

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      Toads are cool 5 years ago

      Hey Author I have a question about toad. My friend told me that if u touch a toad you get warts and you get this rare disese. IS THAT TRUE? HELP ( i touched a toad and don't know if that is going to happen to me )AHHHHHH

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      canney 5 years ago

      How Long does it take a toad to go from the egg stage to leg development to hop out of the pond. Don't want to turn the filter back on until the toads are out.

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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      Toads are cool, it depends, some toads excrete toxic materials through their skin, so if you touch one of those toads, you might be in danger.

      Satori, same goes for you.

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      Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

      Naomi, sorry for a late reply, I hope you called the vet.

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      riley 5 years ago

      i like frogs

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      aaron 5 years ago

      I got a frog in my hand in the classroom.

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      Aixa 5 years ago

      I wonder how toads smelling is?

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      ann marie 5 years ago

      id used this for my project

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      Rheya 4 years ago

      I like frogs and toads.I wonder how other people feel about frogs and toads.

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      snethe 4 years ago

      it was good

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      larry 4 years ago

      i love me some toad leg pie

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      whatto 3 years ago

      get toads out of pool just add detol no toads

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      Johnb73 3 years ago

      Wow, marvelous blog structure! How long have you been running a blog efkdgddefkba

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      rita 2 years ago

      Does a toad need water to lay its eggs I get a huge one sitting on my door step late at night and last night two small ones were there as well anyway they matted but there is no water around here for it to lay its eggs

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      mysterious 1 2 years ago

      Your facts almost killed my nephew cause he saw a toad (he really likes them) and he touched it and after that he started to cough and then his face turned red so we had to take him to the hospital luckily he is still alive.

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      jasmine 2 years ago

      these facts are so useful

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      kaz 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I have 3 brown firebellied toads and two r female and one is male, My question is this……

      is it possible that the female get bigger in breeding season coz they are carrying eggs? b coz my female are getting bigger each day

      and am not sure why coz all of them have exactly the same diet.

      Thanks hope you can help.

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