Toads: 4+5 Ways to Keep Them at Bay

There are a lot of interesting things that could be said about toads. As a matter of fact, it is particularly important to understand that toad species are just common names for certain frogs, especially to those which belong to the Bufonidae family. However, there are certain characteristics which set them apart ever so slightly and it’s important to take it into account.

1. What Do they Look Like?

There are quite a few things which are rather typical and characteristic when it comes to toads. The common toad is without a doubt the most regular type that you will come across. These are also amphibians, much like frogs. They differ than them, however, in the fact that they have warts, crests, dry skin as well as parotid glands. These parotid glands are going to produce somewhat poisonous secretion which is going to help them defend against some common predators. This is characteristic for both female and male toads.  More on their poisonous nature a bit later, though. Now, let’s focus on other very important things that you have to take into account.

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Frog and Toad: 3 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Them

Various frogs cartoon vector illustration on the white.

This might come as a shocker to most, but the truth is that frogs and toad are quite different, even though they might appear rather similar. There are quite a few physical differences in their body type, color and skin. There are also characteristic differences in their behavior which should also be taken into account. Going further, the frog usually needs to be in significant proximity to water, for example, while the toad could easily be further away.

Frogs also have a higher jump than toads which have flatter and rounder bodies. The truth is that you can be able to tell the difference pretty easily, should you have that eye for detail and pay close attention to their external characteristics. So, with this in mind, let’s have a look at 3 different ways to tell whether you are looking at a frog or a toad.

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