Monday, March 29, 2010

A toad's good qualities.


The toad has indeed no superior as a destroyer of noxious insects, and he possesses no bad habits and is entirely inoffensive himself. Every owner of a garden should treat him with utmost hospitality.
~Celia Thaxter~

16 comments:

  1. that's a very cute post Denise. I enjoyed it much, have a great Monday.

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  2. He is a handsome toad and much to be welcomed in any garden.

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  3. I've never been fond of toads but this one would be an exception. Cute!

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  4. I know there are toads in my garden. I come across them every year lurking amongst the foliage!

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  5. Such a lovely gentleman, what whimsy ;)
    I saw a cute little frog hiding in my toad house just yesterday ...

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  6. I'm going to have to go out and get me a toad then!!

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  7. Unfortunately that quote is not true of our introduced Cane Toad. Some so called science expert many years ago introduced Cane Toads into Australian sugar cane fields to eat a beetle that was destroying the cane. The toad came from South America (I think). However, the toad found more interesting things to eat and they have NO predators, as they have poison glands and everything that bites them dies. So they have increased to plague proportions and are spreading over the whole nation, killing our native animals. So we don't like this toad at all. However we have a few nice toads too but they are also in danger from the horrible Cane Toad. Your toad is cute.

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  8. I just can't wait for my froggies and toadies to come out to play Denise! I saw a peeper just the other day!!

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  9. DoanLegacy, thank you. Have a great Monday also.

    jabblog, we don't see many of them in our garden unfortunately.

    Kathy, he is isn't he? :)

    Louise, lovely!

    A Brit in Tennessee, I like this one too. We have had a lot of rain lately, maybe I have a few here now.

    Yogi♪♪♪, me too. I would love one of these little guys but I think you might be thinking of the real kind ;)

    diane, what a sad state of affairs. I hear many introduced species can cause such devastating havoc, but that was all very interesting to learn Diane. Thank you! Hopefully we're all more careful these days.

    Eve, hope you get some good photos :)

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  10. I love the toad. I have 5 garden frog sculptures but could use this one too.

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  11. Excepting Diane's comment about Cane Toads, I'm really rather fond of toads.

    Hanging out on a lily pad, sunning yourself by a nice pond seems like such a nice way to live. :)

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  12. not so the COQUI FROGS, which croak so loudly that they are a nuisance. The Hawaii government is trying to eradicate them. So far, the frogs have kept out of my home area.

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  13. Love that toad, Denise... I want one!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. What a cute toad! My sister-in-law would probably like that hanging in her garden as well.

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