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SetterGuy
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If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534451 04/27/2021 10:40 PM
by SetterGuy
SetterGuy
They are all in my pond. This may have happened before, but I’ve just never witnessed it. Came up to mow today and I could hear a strange whining noise when on the JD 540 mowing near the bank. Then I noticed the toads.. Lots of toads. About one or two every foot along the bank. Many were coupled together. Sorry, no pics of toad porn.
I took of my headphones and shut off the mower. Holy crap! They are loud!
So, if anyone is missing some toads, I know where they are. Hopefully they will leave here soon. I should have toad tadpoles by the bushel load soon. I’ll put them on eBay. Haha!
Hopefully you can’t have too many toads.
I was wondering if toads were a sign of the apocalypse.

Jeff
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534474 Apr 28th a 09:44 AM
by RAH
RAH
We are past the toad mating (which occurs in th shallows) and thousands of little black tadpoles are everywhere. When they leave the pond in droves, we cannot even walk near the pond without avoiding stepping on them. Our spring peepers are often so load in the early spring that their calls hurt my ears. I think its a good sign for the habitat.
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534457 Apr 28th a 12:43 AM
by Bobbss
Bobbss
I had them like that last year, I couldn't believe how many. A few weeks ago I seen some around but nothing like last year but I do see lots of little black tadpoles. I was thinking the LMB might of kept their numbers down this year.
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534458 Apr 28th a 01:18 AM
by canyoncreek
canyoncreek
SetterGuy that is great news! I'm assuming you have American Toads as they live on land but do their extremely loud mating calls and mating in a body of water. We have been privileged to live at the pond and so can watch for that moment when seemingly all at once the woods empty out of toads and the water starts boiling with animated lovemaking. Some years we get a nice stretch of warm weather and the activity goes on day and night for about 3 days and then they are gone. Some years a cold spell comes in and puts the mood on ice. This year we heard the frogs in the woods but then the cold put a stop to it so far. I hear the screech starting up in the woods again tonight as we have a balmy warm day.

Really fun to see the action take place every year as if on cue. I also notice that once the activity is going on the owls move in and have a feast. The eggs start out as barely visible strands but over a few days get larger, more gray, and more puffy looking.

The 'toad poles' seem to be exempt from predation in my pond. Swarms of little black blobs with tails get bigger and bigger and more mobile. They feast on the algae in the shallows and you will notice much clearer banks if you have algae there to eat. They eat right down to the sand in my pond.

Then one day they all sprout legs and start hopping through the grass towards the woods again.
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534492 Apr 28th a 03:32 PM
by Quarter Acre
Quarter Acre
What I don't' understand is..With the thousands of tadpoles (at least 4 varieties and probably 10's of thousands) in my pond every spring...I should be shoveling the emerging hoppers like a 10" snow, but I don't see near as many as I would expect. They are there, just not in numbers that closely represents the numbers of tadpoles. I would think you could see the exodus from space...lol. The fresh hoppers must be forage for many land critters as the tadpoles don't seem to be tasty.
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534488 Apr 28th a 02:44 PM
by liquidsquid
liquidsquid
Our toad days started a month early this year, then put on ice. This means the toad spring will be stretched out over time. By back a few weeks ago, hundreds of them bobbing about awkwardly in the water looking for a good time. It is amazing how during the rest of the year, I almost never see the larger toads. But in the spring, they all come out. The driveway is a popular spot to get after worms during the spring, so we are VERY careful mowing and driving this time of year.
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Re: If anyone says toads are scarce, it’s not true #534512 Apr 28th a 11:24 PM
by esshup
esshup
Originally Posted by Quarter Acre
What I don't' understand is..With the thousands of tadpoles (at least 4 varieties and probably 10's of thousands) in my pond every spring...I should be shoveling the emerging hoppers like a 10" snow, but I don't see near as many as I would expect. They are there, just not in numbers that closely represents the numbers of tadpoles. I would think you could see the exodus from space...lol. The fresh hoppers must be forage for many land critters as the tadpoles don't seem to be tasty.

In my pond, whatever swims eats toad tadpoles. I can have an acre pond ringed with a black band of toad tadpoles 2 feet wide around the whole pond, and until they grow legs and hop out of the pond they are constantly getting hammered by fish. Bass, Bluegills, etc., it doesn't matter.
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