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How to Keep a Wild Caught Toad As a Pet

Six Parts:Finding a ToadCatching a ToadHousing the ToadAdding the Toad to its New HabitatFeeding the ToadToad Enrichment

This is a fun article to tell you how to keep a wild toad that has been caught, in a new habitat. Remember to let it go soon, though.

Part 1
Finding a Toad

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    Keep a pile of chopped wood in your backyard because those harbor many insects and will draw in toads. This is the perfect place to catch a toad.
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    Go outside just before dark when everything is damp. Arm yourself with a bug net and a "critter carrier" about a gallon in volume.
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    Look for toads by turning over logs and rocks, as well as checking around corners of houses outdoors. These are mini ecosystems for insects, so replace the logs and rocks after you check under them!

Part 2
Catching a Toad

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    Act fast when you locate the toad! Toads are very shy creatures and dart away when they see something moving, larger than another toad.
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    Swoop down upon the toad with your net. Cover the toad with the net and lie the long net part to the side, and poke the toad until it hops in that pocket of netting.
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    Pick up the net and make a twist near the top so the toad can hop around but cannot escape.
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    Gently put the toad inside your container (Make sure that there are plenty of air holes so your new pet can breathe!)
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    Carry the toad back to your house. Dribble some distilled water into the tank so the toad can soak up some water.

Part 3
Housing the Toad

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    Prepare the toad's tank. A tank size of 10 gallons (37.9 L) or more is perfect; any less than that and the toad will not have enough room.
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    Cover the bottom of the tank with 3 inches (7.6 cm) of soil from the area where you caught the toad.
    • Peat moss makes an ideal addition to the base of the tank. It's soft, comfortable and akin to what the toad is used to. Add enough for the toad to burrow into.
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    Sink in a Tupperware container about half a toad deep, 2 toads wide, and 4 toads long. Fill this up with bottled water, and change the water once a day.
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    Take a rock and prop it up against the side of the tank for a nice hiding place.
    • Make a small cave-like hole for the toad to crawl into.
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    Take a very small flowerpot (about 4 inches across, 7 inches high). On the lip, smash a hole about 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide, and 3 12 inches (8.9 cm) tall. Put this (lip down) on top of the soil so the toad has another place to hide.

Part 4
Adding the Toad to its New Habitat

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    Place the toad inside the tank gently. Place a screen weighted with rocks for a lid.
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    Use a plant mister to mist at least even times all around the tank when the dirt gets dry.

Part 5
Feeding the Toad

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    Add a water dish to the housing. You might use the bottom of a pot or a dish. Make sure whatever you use is short, to allow the toad to hop in and out of it.
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    Feed your new toad. Never feed your toad dead things, it will not eat them if it is not moving. You could buy bugs at the local store or catch them yourself. Suitable choices for food include:
    • Small toad feeding: 2 bugs, one small slug, or 2 pinhead crickets
    • Medium toad feeding: 3 bugs, 1 regular size slug, or 2 small crickets
    • Large toad feeding: 4 bugs, 1 larger than normal size slug, or 2 regular size crickets.
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    If you have a dog, an easy way to catch flies is to stalk dog poop. Take a bug net, and wait until flies land on top of the poop. Quickly and silently put the net over the flies. Once they are all at the top, bunch the net so they have room to fly around, and twist it so they can't escape.
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    If you feed crickets, pull off their back legs before feeding (their jumping legs) as they can damage the stomach of a toad, and toss them in the trash.
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    Feed the toad every other day.
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    Add the toad's food in one spot of the cage only. This is so they know it's always going to be there. They don't like the same food all the time, so use a variety of bugs.
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    If the toad suddenly stops eating, look up toad sicknesses online.

Part 6
Toad Enrichment

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    Provide plenty of hiding spaces. The peat for burrowing, the rocks and flowerpot for hiding under.
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    Do not hold the toad often. Toads, unfortunately, aren't intelligent enough to form a bond with their owners, and handling the toad will do nothing but cause stress for the creature. Toads are lovely to watch and read about, but taking it out of its tank for entertainment, or cuddles, will just increase the risk of the toad falling and hurting itself and being an unhappy pet..

Tips

  • Don't worry if your toad starts burrowing under anything, he is just adjusting and trying to find a place to hide.
  • Make sure that you clean up any bacteria that are caused by its urine or any feces that are left behind. When it sheds its own skin it will eat its own skin so you don't have to clean it.
  • If your toad doesn't drink, this is natural. Toads soak up moisture through their skin, so don't expect to see it lapping up water like a dog.
  • Put live plants in its cage to make it similar to the outside world.
  • When giving your toad water to swim in, make sure it has a pile of dirt or a medium sized rock. This will provide a dry land in the middle of the swimming spot so that it doesn't drown.
  • Keep your toad away from other pets where he might be attacked.

Warnings

  • Do not put your hands on food or in your mouth after cleaning or handling the toad, always use hand sanitizer or wash your hands after you play with him. Never put a smaller toad or frog in the tank with a larger toad or frog because the large toad will eat its own species. Washing your hands helps protect you and him from disease, plus the oil from your hands can hurt your toad. Try not to touch him too much.
  • Don't put tap water in the tank! The chlorine will be absorbed into the toads skin and kill him!
  • Don't put your toad with any other frogs or toads, as the toad may poison them.
  • If a toad pees on you, wash your hands right away. Be especially careful not to touch your eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Food
  • A Tank
  • Logs
  • Water
  • Dirt
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Moss (they love burrowing under it, but it gets moldy fast so change it every day)

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Categories: Toads