How to make a dwelling for a toad

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Toads are fascinating amphibians known for their warty, dry skin and distinctive mating calls during the warm months. Toads are a gardener’s best friend as they eat many insects that are detrimental to plants and the garden in general. If you want to make your garden more attractive to toads, there are a few important things you should know.

Set up a habitable area

Make your yard safe for toads.

No matter how attractive and beautiful your yard is, if it’s not safe for toads, they won’t want to live there. Make your yard safe for toads by: Providing shelter. Toads are very wary of predators such as birds, snakes, and pets, and will avoid areas where they are likely to be eaten. You can provide shelter by providing bushes and other leafy plants for the toads to hide under. avoid chemicals. Like all frogs, toads have thin skin and are sensitive to the pesticides and herbicides in your garden. Use organic gardening products, including soil, fertilizer, and pest and weed killers.

Choose a shady spot.

If you’re lucky, there’s a nice area in your yard with big trees that provide shade. He is excellent. If it isn’t, you’ll need to pick a spot and provide shade. Toads like it quiet, so you should choose a spot where your pets and children won’t run wild. A quiet corner in the garden is a good spot.

Decide if you want to transform an existing area in the garden or start from scratch.

You can create a toad habitat in an existing yard, as long as you don’t mind sacrificing a few square inches of your yard. Otherwise, you can convert another area of ​​your yard into a toad habitat. Toads like to be around lots of plants of different heights. Therefore, you should build the habitat as close to your garden bed as possible. The area should also be out of direct sunlight for much of the day, especially if you live in a hot and dry climate. To convert an already existing area, you need to clear at least 900cm² by uprooting some plants. Choose an area in the garden that doesn’t mind a lot of water, as your toad’s area will need regular watering. Unlike some garden plants, toads are not “drought tolerant.”

Establish a habitat for toads

Provide a water source.

You’ll need a water source for the toad, especially if you hope to make it a permanent resident of your yard. Toads don’t drink water. Instead, they dip their bodies in to absorb the water they need through their skin. It is important that the water source is large enough for the toad to lay down. Toads reproduce in bodies of water such as lakes or ponds. So having a small pond or stream near your property will make your yard even more attractive to toads. If you don’t have a pond or other body of water nearby, you can use a large flower pot saucer. Dig a shallow well in your garden and place the coaster in it. Then press the soil around it to make sure it is flush with the soil. You can put flat rocks around the edge of the coaster to keep it in place. Fill the coaster with clean water.

Add plants and moss to the area.

You should use plants that the toad can hide in. You should also attract insects to the area so your toad can eat in the evening. Try to incorporate lots of native wildflowers and various plants. American toads, for example, are very fond of honeycomb. To find the right plants for your area, visit a nearby wetland and see what’s growing near the ponds.

Keep the area moist.

As amphibians, toads need to be moist and always have access to water. It’s true that they don’t live in water like their close cousin the frog, but they do need moist areas to hide in. Wooden boards, blocks of wood, and large rocks make great hiding spots for toads that also stay wet.

Add a toad house if you like.

Toad houses are cute dwellings for toads that also serve as garden decorations. They offer the toad security while remaining clean and moist. That’s just how toads like their homes. You can buy a ready-made toad house online or at a garden center, or try building one yourself. The easiest way to make a toad house is to buy a terracotta plant pot and use a hammer to knock out a large chunk of the rim. Then turn the pot upside down and place it in the toad’s habitat so that it can get into the pot through the opening you hammered out. You can use a hand-held circular saw or tile saw to cut a smoother entrance into the pot if you’d like. You can also decorate the pot by painting it or gluing small stones and broken tiles onto it. Regularly watering the whole area, including the toad house, will keep the inside moist for its lucky resident.

Add decorations to liven up the area.

This isn’t a must, but there are many ways to decorate your toad’s habitat. Some gardeners create a woody, rustic space for the toads, while others prefer bright colors and floral designs. Whatever you like, you can decorate the toad’s habitat accordingly. Lay smooth river stones around the water source to make the area more natural and allow bugs and insects to hide. Small garden figures such as gnomes and fairies make great accents in the toad’s habitat, but avoid realistic-looking figures that resemble the toad’s natural enemies such as snakes, birds or large wild animals. It’s important that you think about the safety of the toad. Therefore, you should not place bird feeders, birdbaths, or birdhouses near the toad area. Small toads are among the favorite foods of many birds. Therefore, toads will not feel very welcome and safe in an area where birds live next to it.

Caring for the toads’ habitat

Say hello to your new toad friends.

If you’re lucky (and live near a pond or wooded area), you won’t have to go to any special trouble to get new residents in your toad area. You just have to wait a few days for a toad to find the new water source and make itself comfortable there. If a toad hasn’t appeared after a week or two, you could go to a nearby pond or forest and catch one. You can also buy toads from pet stores, but house toads should not be released into the yard. They might not be used to living in the wild and might not have the skills to survive.

Try not to disturb the toads’ living space.

You might like to go to the toads and get acquainted with them, but it’s better if you observe them from afar. You should also keep pets and small children away from them. Instruct older children to watch the toad house from afar, and remember to supervise smaller children in the garden. If you can’t keep your pets out of the area, you may need to put up a small fence. Otherwise, toads will not settle there. You can gauge how comfortable the toads are around you by observing their behavior while you work in the garden. If they don’t run away, you may eventually be able to touch or even hold them. just take your time

Water the garden every day.

Your toads like a humid habitat, so keep the area comfortably moist, but not overly wet. Make sure the water bowl NEVER runs out of water or becomes cloudy or dirty. Since you’ll need to water the habitat often, plants that like lots of water should grow there. Otherwise, regular watering can drown the plants or encourage root rot. If you find that watering is damaging the plants, you need to plant something that can handle more water.

Consider installing a toad light.

Most gardens are full of bugs and your toads will have more food than they need without any action on your part. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that doesn’t get a lot of bugs at night, you might want to consider investing in a light that attracts bugs in the evening and at night. Any small garden light can be used, but it shouldn’t be more than a meter tall. Set it up at the edge of the toad’s area and let it shine whenever possible during the warm months.

Tips

Toads like to be in shady areas. Try to build the habitat in a cool, shady area. You don’t get warts from toads. Plant the toad’s habitat with live plants from their natural habitat.

Warnings

Never leave a child unattended with a toad. Toads are easily injured and killed. Young children need to be reminded to wash their hands after handling a toad. Maybe they need help with that. Never let other animals (especially dogs and cats) ‘play’ with your toad.

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