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My California Toads

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Posted by: pyromaniac at Wed May 26 19:12:49 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by pyromaniac ]  
   

Bufo boreas halophilus - California Toad


Two toads at water dish getting crickets that fall in water.

Overhead view of their tank. The tank contains four inches of clean topsoil with an inch of orchid moss over that. Water crystals are mixed into the soil and moss to keep it moist without being dank or soggy.

Four of them; moved hide to show them.

The other three.

Toads hanging out on log.

Toads in hand.

I have had these toads starting in early April. How this project began is my California king snake's tank got cracked and I moved the snake into a new tub. Then I got a piece of Plexiglas and replaced the broken pane. But what to put in it, since the snake was already in new quarters and seemed to be happy with that. I was doing yard work and as I moved lumber and rocks around I kept finding these little toads, and decided to keep them, as their husbandry is pretty simple. Since they have been in this tank, some for over a month and others more recently, they have grown incredibly fast on crickets. I also put earthworms in there. It's a good thing I raise crickets, as toads eat a lot! This tank sits on my coffee table and is quite entertaining, as the toads come out and walk around, take swims, and hunt crickets. They soon learn I am not a threat and let me watch them for hours. I do plan on getting a much bigger tank just for them in the near future.


   

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