My new friends......

oak tree toad - oak tree toad-less than one inch
@polachicago (19143)
United States
August 17, 2009 11:33am CST
I love my new friends on my yard. I have at least 4 toads living on my yard. One is quite big, one medium size and 2 miniatures. Small toads are very small. One is black and is less than one inch long, second is light brown and is an about 1.5 long. I am very careful not to scare them. My dogs no longer pay attention and let them stay on my yard. I just learned that toads can live 7-14 years, so maybe my toads will stay with me and be my friends. Can I have toad as my pet? Do you have any unusual pets?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I just love little toads, haven't seem one in ages, All i have is a dog nothing unusual. Hope u are having a happy monday.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
...dogs are the best friends, aren't they??? cat are also my favorites...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
17 Aug 09
they sure are. don't know alot about being around cats. my mother always disliked them so that we were never allowed to have one growing up. my dad loved dogs so we always had a dog. for some reason he named them all skippy, lol.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I love cats and dogs...maybe dogs are more "talkative" than cats...
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 09
We just have cats and fish, but we do have frogs and/or toads in the yard occasionally, lizards too. Also snakes, rabbits, mice, skunks and many other things.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
...I am not sure if I would like snakes.......I have mice or chipmunk...no skunks...but opossums and raccoons...
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• India
17 Aug 09
I love my new friend. I have atleast 50 friends in the circle. I too have pet animals. The name i have chosen is Pinky and Pappu, my favourite pet dogs. During night times, when we send her out, she knocks the door and make us angry. But, still, I love my friend very much.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I just mentioned toads on my yard, dogs are always the best pets...
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@bmuchler (442)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I had two big toads for pets when I was a kid. One has a reddish belly so his name was ketchup and the other one had a yellowish belly so his name was mustard. Well I can't really say they were pets, but they were always in my yard pretty much in the same area. Now I only have cats and fish as pets.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
should I create new names for them? hmm....I may....
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@GardenGerty (90223)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Aug 09
You can have toads as pets, and look out for their interests, but I imagine they will do their best living in your yard. I think if they feel safe there, they certainly will stay for many years. I do not have any unusual pets.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I didn't mean to keep them in my house, rather to be able to come close without scaring them and make them jump away....I let them to enjoy jumping on my yard and be happy...
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@BarBaraPrz (17310)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Aug 09
Sounds like a family of toads. Do they have a little house somewhere, with white picket fence and all?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
, maybe I can build one....
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@BarBaraPrz (17310)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Aug 09
And don't forget to take pictures...
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
sure, I will...
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
17 Aug 09
In the Southwest I had tarantulas that hung around the house and I thought they were cool, my boys liked them, too. Other than that, no. If there were toads or anything in my yard now, Cookie my rat terrier would make short work of them. She's killed two birds this month, snatched them right out of the air. Sadly, I couldn't save them and she's just doing her "job" as dictated by her instincts.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Aug 09
tarantulas??????? OMG, I wouldn't think they are cool....
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
18 Aug 09
They are very gentle creatures, and very timid. They won't bite unless you provoke them--and I mean really provoke!! They'll rear up and threaten, then run. After a few times of this, you just might get bitten but it's a last resort for the poor thing. They used to flee to our garage when the heavy rains came and camp there till their little homes were drained out. They would crawl into my hand and let me look at them then when I put them next to something they could crawl onto, they'd walk off. They're very sweet!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I am still not sure...I would let them live close to my place, but not too close to my hand...
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
18 Aug 09
You can have toads as a pet ! just love 'em :) no unusual ones here tho, just a bit jealous of you :)
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I like them all....but nothing compare with my dogs....
@quita88 (3716)
• United States
22 Aug 09
Boy, do I understand that nothing compares to our dogs !!! Got two I couldn't live without !!
@dpk262006 (53850)
• Delhi, India
18 Aug 09
Hi Pola! It sounds interesting that you are bringing up and taking care of toads as your friends. Hopefully, your dog understand your 'friendship' with toads and does not disturb you. I did not have any such opportunity. I hope that your new found friends would give you good company and would keep you in good humour. have a nice day! Deepak
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I love to watch they walking and jumping.....around my yard...I was able to take few pictures....
@dpk262006 (53850)
• Delhi, India
19 Aug 09
Pola! Keep enjoying with your new friends.
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Toads can certainly be your pet but I think it is good if they will stay in your yard and not in a cage or the like..I don't have unusual pets because like toads, Im afraid of it..haha
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
yes, they will stay free...maybe I will build small frog houses for them...
@ellie333 (21029)
17 Aug 09
Hi Polachicago, Can't say I have these days but in the past I have had newts, stick insects and snails and ducks, these days I am more conventional and have cats, rabbits and fish LOL. Enjoy your toads. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Aug 09
my toads are free to do what they want....sometimes I can see them very close.......
@AmbiePam (45809)
• United States
17 Aug 09
We don't have any toads around, but at my parent's house we can find a frog or two. My dog loves playing with them. He doesn't hurt them, he just chases them. He waits until they hop and then circles them. He'll kind of whine when the frog doesn't move, and tentatively put his nose close to the frog. It's so cute.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
17 Aug 09
my dogs are just looking at with banded heads, like they want to understand why toads are not barking....
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@letsee77 (227)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Well she's not my pet but she's been a resident for a long time now. I have a black widow spider between the screen door and the house. When I go by I always look in on her to see if she's still around and so far she's still there. When the porch light is on, is her favorite time as it attracts bugs and she has a chance for dinner. I think she keeps alot of them from comming in, so she's ok in my book. I also have a tree frog in my little fern tree, also not really a pet but he's always there making his noise. Lol. The strangest pet I keep are three ant lions, I have three seperate large flower pots filled with loose dirt and one in each. They can take up to 3 years to become flying adults, or so I've heard. So one day they will emerge with their wings and I will have to say good bye and let them fly off into the night. But for now I enjoy taking care of them and having them. :D
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
22 Aug 09
wow, quite an army...insects are not on my favorite list....
@letsee77 (227)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I know how you feel, I'm not fond of many insect myself. They all have some role to play, honey bees polinate plants, spiders help to control over population of some insects and catch pests like moquitos, and many provide food to small animals and rodents who in turn provide food for larger animals. Yes they are creepy crawlies but are an important, and play a big part in the food chain. I hope you have a wonderful day, take care :D
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I remember when i was a kid we had toads in our yard and the vacant lot next door. Alot of them. There were little ones too. How cute they were. I remember thinking how strange that they look so much like a frog but then why didnt they start from a tadpole like a frog. They also perfered things a bit dryer than the frogs liked. So how are they born from as egg or live birth?
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
18 Aug 09
The boys in the hood told us if they pee on you that you will have a wart.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
funny...boys are saying many things....
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Oh what fun. WE did have a horned Lizard and family but I havent seen then at all this year sigh!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Lizard, oh how fun... HUGS
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
19 Aug 09
yes they would look like they were doing pushups on the hot cement
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I do not have any pets at all. we have not had a pet in the houshold for years. we had a dog onece but he had dided a long time ago. my brother now has two dogs of his own and my gf has three. we have no unssual pets at all.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I never think about unusual pets...dogs and cats are fine for me...
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I have heard of people having pet frogs and my nieces and nephews loves to catch them and keep them a few days before we make them let them loose. For some reason they have a fascination with the tadpoles and catching them and watching them grow. I didn't however know they lived that long that is a long time t love for a frog. Heck some animals don't even have that lifespan. Well, good luck in having those frogs as pets..now you just gotta figure out what to feed them, what kind of bugs besides flies.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
my toads are going to be free and hunt for food, so I have my yard bugs fee...
@Trensue (5265)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Just yesterday I was reading about crafts and they actually had some information on how to make homes for the toads in the yard. Can't say that I had ever even thought of him. When my husband was very young he had a crawdad for a pet. I am boring just guppies, cat, dog and a pet rock once.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
yes, I am checking it on Internet right now...
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
17 Aug 09
American Black Swallowtail Butterfly - Image of American Black Swallowtail Butterfly
aww--I think that's cute that you have a little "family" of toads. well besides having cats all my life, I've also had birds and not just "pet" types birds like the parakeets I had, but rescued sparrows and a starling that I kept until they were strong enough to release, also I've had mice...and the most unusual? Crickets...yes crickets..having them was like having a bit of the country feel all year long as I love the sound of them Another unusual pet...very short lived was a rescued American Black Swallowtail butterfly..it's wing was just slightly busted so couldn't fly...so took it home...it only lived one day though Here's a photo of it while it was still outside....
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Beautiful butterfly... I should live on the farm...but close to Chicago or NY....
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
17 Aug 09
I love animals of any kind, and would something similar to you. My wife and I are house sitting in country Victoria in Australia, and we have lots of new friends. There are about fifty or more kangaroos in the area, that unfortunately are being driven off their habitat, and further back into bushlands by the developement. They are wild, but also very inquisitive, so come to within about 15 meters. I would love to have one or two as pets, as would my Thai wife, who is more used to seeing elephants and monkies from the front door.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
18 Aug 09
wow, you are able to see more than I do...
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