The Toad Who Almost Was Eaten

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  1. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I was in the garden picking strawberries.
    Then I noticed a large toad hopping around on the ground with a large tube looking thing attached to it.

    I ran over and realized that the tube was in fact a garter snake trying to eat the toad.
    The poor toad was all bloody and leaving a bloody trail.
    It's entire left arm was in the snake's throat.

    I let nature run it's course but I was interested of how the process would work out so I stayed and watched.

    Suddenly the snake let go of it's prey and slithered off in search of some other poor creature to attempt to digest.

    After some pondering I grabbed the toad, set up a toad-cage, and set to work fixing this toad up.

    I cleaned the toad off (ugghhh, snake snot, dirt and blood!) and put poly-sporin on a cut on the toad's belly.

    Then, I fed the toad 2 worms, a spider, and a slug.
    The toad hasn't aten them yet, in fact the slug decided that the toad was the best shelter so I took up residence under the toad's belly.
    The toad also has a shallow water dish to wade into (which it has).

    Hopefully the toad survives.

    If you have experience keeping toads, please send me your tips!
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Put something to attract flies, like a blob of meat or something. Make sure he can stay damp. I had toads in the dairy barn that gobbled up the bugs that dropped from the florescent lights when I was milking.
     
  3. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I will. How about chicken poo?

    I'm getting kind of worried about the toad's cut. The skin is not closing and there is no clotting.
    I cleaned the wound again today with water, then medical alchohal, then put a little Kid's Polysporin, and then a layer of Zincoderm (which I hope is not poisinous to toads).

    I think the toad is a she... I'm still thinking of a name.
     
  4. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I named her... Strawberry!
     
  5. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Just a comment. If you look around the internet you ought to be able to find information about how to care for a toad. We had them in our zoology lab when I was in college, but that was a long time ago and I was never involved with their care. However, it shouldn't be too difficult.
     
  6. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let her go today. I had researched all about toad care, but she was getting depressed.
     

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