This little fellow was on our front doorstep a few years ago. We see a toad or two in the yard every summer. This year it has been different though. We see toads everywhere in the yard, front and back, in the field behind the house. One can scarcely mow, pull weeds, or even walk across the yard without stirring up a toad or two. Had to get out of the car and chase one out of the garage before we could put the vehicle to bed last night.
I am wondering of course if this new "plague" could be the offspring of Toad a few generations down the line. Whereas Toad pictured here was a full three and a half or four inches long, this new crop seems to average about three and a half to four centimeters in length. Fortunately to date we have neither stepped on one nor churned one up in a mower or weed whacker.
Perhaps the icon that resides by the garage door on a permanent basis is the welcoming factor in this recent invasion.
Given the prodigious number of insects the little rascals consume, we are happy to see them about.
Word of the day: prodigious