Saturday, July 11, 2015
Bufo bufo pays us a visit
Toad in a Hole
This morning as I stepped outside to do some work in the garden I was confronted by a toad sitting on the cast iron bars of a drain.
I also offered him a fig leaf for privacy since we were all gawking at him shamelessly.
He was soon settling in.
Later, the shade shifted and he moved away from the sun.
Although toads are nocturnal perhaps this one was caught out in his search for water.
Toads are a little ugly, to be sure, and the Bufo bufo has poison glands which can irritate our mucous membranes, but they are very useful in the garden, since they devour slugs and snails as well as all sorts of insects.