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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.
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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