Unseasonal Toad

Written by Dr. Dolittle on December 23, 2009 – 1:23 pm -

toad up close

I had thought snakes and toads would find a warm cozy place to wait out the cold of winter, but this little guy proved me wrong. He’s just one of many toads we find parked under the outside light all night, along with the bats and armadillos. Seems awfully late in the season for him to be out and about, but I guess he got hungry.

I had the camera right in the toad’s face and he never budged. I’m surprised the flash didn’t wash him out in a way as to not know what he was. I can tell he’s put up with me before.

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6 Comments to “Unseasonal Toad”

  1. jason Says:

    I had to laugh about this. It’s probably a Gulf coast toad (Bufo nebulifer). Their most common defense when approached is to hunker down and remain motionless. They’re large but kind of flat.

    Good find this time of year. Amazing what creeps out when the weather allows. And I love the front feet held beneath it!

    (By the way, you should submit this to House of Herps for the January edition.)

  2. Dr. Dolittle Says:

    Thanks for the toad ID, that really helps the “identifying challenged” like me. He (or she) is a real sweatheart that lets me pet him without hopping off in a snit.

    Thanks for visiting and the added help!

  3. Amber Coakley Says:

    I love the feet tucked under his/her body too! I do the same thing when I’m cold. 🙂

  4. Dr. Dolittle Says:

    You and I must be related, I do the same thing when I’m cold. Thanks for visiting.

  5. ramblingwoods Says:

    It does seem late..I don’t see toads here too often, maybe I need to look harder… Michelle

    My Hoh-snapping turtles

  6. Dr. Dolittle Says:

    I’m often surprised by nature, so keep looking, you just never know what you may find. Thanks for visiting.

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