First baby toad emerges

Yesterday we saw our first baby toad – almost adult, without a tail.

Taking a picture was non too easy as he was quite frisky.

Today I realised he was not alone and a group of them were becoming more adventuresome and coming right out of the water to use their newly developed lungs.

I went to get a little bit of netting to help them climb out the plastic pond more easily but I need not have bothered as they were already on the stones surrounding the pond and in the grass.

Now we are frightened to go near the pond in case we stand on them!

They still like to keep together and there are plenty of damp places around the pool under the stones. In fact, all around the pool you can see baby toads, despite there still being tadpoles in the pool.

We first noticed the eggs on 21 May 2021. However, it is possible there were other spawning events before or after that date. The other tadpoles may just be late developers. Seemingly, once the toads leave the water they only return eventually to breed. They have chosen a good time to enter the garden because it is warm and damp, which sounds perfect for baby toads.

I do not expect to find any slugs in the garden now!

22 thoughts on “First baby toad emerges

    1. I have never seen grass snakes here but we have harmless snakes called “coulouvres”, I think they are a type of whip snake. We have them in the garden so I never thought about it but they must be having a feast. Amelia

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    1. The only newts I have seen in the garden are our marbled newts. I do not think they go into the water again once they are mature. They are so slow that I cannot imagine them eating anything unless it jumped into their mouths. But survive they do so they must find something that moves not much faster than they do. I have heard they eat earthworms. There are two other types of newts in the region so perhaps the pond might attract them. I would like to see a newt in the pond. Amelia

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            1. Most cicadas have annual life cycles but I have heard in the USA there are species that have longer regular nymphal stages and when those species emerge as adults they have a bumper year. I don’t know whether it works like that in France too.

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              1. Not as far as I’ve been able to find out. Its just that some years are better for them than others, no doubt on the breeding the preceding year and the success of the larvae or eggs over the winter. I only really notice them if they are drowning out my conversation with someone …..
                bonnie with lots of cigales

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    1. There are no more baby toads around today, so they must have hopped it to pastures green. There are still tadpoles in the pond so I think there must have been more than one brood (is brood the correct word, you know what I mean). Amelia

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