Friday, March 18, 2016

Just a Typical Texas Toad?

A Texas Toad spotted outside the front door one day.
 I think toads are adorable.
 She was carrying pieces of freshly-mown grass on her back.
 Just a regular toad?
Anything but. She was the largest toad I've ever seen - a true Grandam of Toads. She was as large as my hand. I was in awe, and I wondered how old she was...
Two snails off to the right.
She was a very special encounter. After a few photos, I left her to her life.

137 comments:

Cloudia said...

Awesome how you understand and appreciate what so many would completely miss!

joeh said...

Not so adorable if you are a bug.

But then I don't like most bugs.

Gunilla Bäck said...

She's cute! I've never seen a toad that big.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow she is a big one at that. Kinda neat.
MB

Margaret Adamson said...

Wow! She is huge Tex. Glad you spotted her and opted today. Have a lovely weekend

rainfield61 said...

A big cutie is trying to explore your house.

Will there be any of her love one inside?

S. J. Qualls said...

Surely, a very regal toad! The green clippings add that touch of something special!

Ms. A said...

Good heavens, that thing is HUGE! My sister would absolutely freak out if she came across one like that. She's terrified of them.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa - fantastic photos ... amazing creature and she sure is huge. Wonderful to see her and her size ... love these .. cheers Hilary

Midmarsh John said...

What a magnificent creature.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

That's huge - what do you feed them on over there? I'm thinking she could get a double wormburger with fries and a shake. That aside - always a privilege to see creatures in the wild. I'm glad you told us what the green specks were.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Tex, it sure is a big toad. I think they are so cute, adorable photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Awww..such a cutie!

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Belle surprise quand même . Quel bel animal dont la taille reste surprenante. Te voilà avec un ami de plus.
Bon weekend.
Amitiés.

Roger

Sandra said...

she is adorable and i have never seen one that big except in photos.. we have them about half that size but have not seen one in a long time

DIMI said...

Wow!!So big Tex but very cute!!
Lovely pictures!Have a happy weekend!
Dimi...

Christine said...

She's is a matriarch indeed and I didn't realise how big she was until you put your hand beside her!
Great closeups! i posted frogs today also!

Lux G. said...

Oh, it's huge!

Sandi said...

That is a ginormous toad.

magnoliasntea said...

She kinda resembles a pecan half in the first photo so I was shocked to see how large she is in comparison to your hand. She's an interesting find.
Have a lovely weekend!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Very huge and very cute! :)

Country Gal said...

Oh what a nice big toad . Lovely photos . I cant wait for our toads to come out they do make for interesting photos . Have a good weekend !

Revrunner said...

TNT--Texan Toad. :-)

messymimi said...

Frogs and toads are beautiful!

Daffycat said...

Oh, I adore toads! I love their sweet toes and bold manner.
Years ago, we kept getting water pouring into the basement when it rained. It appeared to be coming from the dryer vent outside. My husband tried to feel for a crack in the vent, laid on the ground, arm in the vent up to his shoulder...when he felt something move! He just about ripped his arm off trying to get out of the vent! Out hopped a very confused toad. To this day, my husband still doesn't like toads!

Brk Trt said...

I love how she posed for that 3rd pic.

don said...

I've never seen one that large in person. WOW

Judy said...

I've always like toads and frogs when I was young. That is one awesome toad!

Lowcarb team member said...

Well I don't know too much about toads, but you've certainly captured this one well ...

All the best Jan

LV said...

No where but Texas would they get this big. This one was the leader of the family wherever they might be.

Julia said...

Well they say everything is bigger in Texas and apparently so is your toad, lol... How can you tell it's a she?
Hugs,
JB

DJan said...

How do you know it's a "she" ? Big one, all right! :-)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning,oh my!!!! That is one large toad!!!! Blessings Francine.

Debbie said...

i remember you said you just mowed the grass....i thought she was going moldy in her old age ;) hehehe
i'm glad you did the comparison shot, i did not realize how mighty she was....texas, where everything is bigger and better!!!!

Gail said...

What a treasure!!! Looks like a normal toad but I've never seen one that big either.

Giga said...

Toad enormous. There is something to admire. Regards.

nookworm said...

I held my hand out and imagined her there. What a wonderful experience! Great photos. You have been chosen to encounter such a wonderful creature to share its beauty! Thanks.

Barb Brookbank said...

She's a beaut!!

Red said...

That would be a big surprise to find at your door! So his camouflage wasn't good enough so he added some grass!

Karen S. said...

I think they are too, and you have a true friend there!

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a big girl! I was wondering what the green stuff was. :) I used to love picking up toads as a little girl. However I won't do it as an adult since I'm afraid of getting peed on!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Maybe a cane toad. Those things are deadly for our pawed friends. :(

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Toads are cool if you see it before you accidentally step on it...bare footed.

Rose said...

My baby!!! I love toads! I hope you took time to rub her side? They love it and will lean to one side till you can get to it better!

aktuellabilder said...

It actually looks like that toad is smiling.

William Kendall said...

She certainly is big. Fascinating texture, and good of her to pose!

The Queen Jester said...

I've never seen one that large, but then again...they grow em bigger in Texas.

Lynne said...

It's the little things . . .
No wonder I like you . . .

Ruth Kelly said...

He's huge! I'd run the other way.

Magia da Inês said...

♪♫ه° ·.
A Natureza está sempre nos surpreendendo!!!
Bom fim de semana com tudo de bom!
Beijinhos.
╰✿ه° ·.⏝

lynn cockrell said...

Now that is one gigantic toad! In all my years(that is quite a few years), I have never seen a toad frog that big.

ellen abbott said...

holy cow! I've never seen a toad that big.

Stephen Hayes said...

A beautiful creature. Frogs and other amphibians are important because they will be first to experience the dire consequences of global warming, so they serve as signposts for we humans to heed.

Fireblossom said...

When I lived in Texas, my first dog found a Texas toad and was quite flummoxed by it!

Ben Mckinley said...

Adorable little toad.

Bob Bushell said...

Oooooooh, you are tremendous Toad. I love you Toad, croak.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I totally agree with you.....adorable!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Beautiful toad. Or is it an enchanted prince?
Greetings.

RedPat said...

I have always loved toads! She looks like she has a big smile on her face! ;-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She's a beautiful Texas Toad indeed. And huge! We had one almost that big once on our porch here, but it was very pale beige, no markings. I almost slammed her in the sliding glass door.... we used the other door the rest of the day, and it finally hopped away.

matti juhani niilola said...

Hi. Quite a frog. It might be quite an experience when that should be received.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I love them too, TWG. Nothing more adorable than tiny toad toes!
~

Gosia k said...

looks interesting but I am afraid it

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow, what a beast!

Maks said...

So cute! Good shots! I greet! :)

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Such amazing shots of a gigantic toad. Lovely that he stayed so still for you. Have a lovely weekend :)

Ruth Hiebert said...

I've heard the saying,everything bigger in Texas,but I didn't know that applied to toads as well. She is huge.

mick said...

Great photos of the Toad. Here in Australia the toads are VERY poisonous! Definitely not something to get close to.

Phyllis Oller said...

That`s a fat toad,ours in Pa are emerging too,thanks for sharing,phyllis

Farm Girl said...

That is quite an impressive toad. One thing that has been sad to me is I don't see toads anymore. I think it is nice she had got to grow as big as she has.

Barb said...

How do you know the sex of a toad? (Don't tell me...) "She" doesn't seem a bit bothered by you.

Alica said...

Oh, the stories she could tell!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Gosh- that's a big one! The last toad I saw snuck in and went for a swim in Katie's water bowl.

holdingmoments said...

Biggest Toad I've ever seen.

Pom Pom said...

She IS beautiful!

Paula said...

I love toads, frogs, and every thing in nature. God made a beautiful planet.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You really got some wonderful shots of Madam Toad. I love how you got such a clear shot of her eye.

Stephanie said...

You got some great shots of this cute toad!

Paul said...

Pretty respectable size toad alright!

I seem to recall that you posted another very large toad picture two or three years ago...

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I am impressed, T. She is amazing. Thank you for sharing her. She is beautiful.

Sally said...

Wow - large, indeed! :)

I like them, but especially the little rain frogs.

xoxo

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Large indeed! Nice pictures!

Handmade in Israel said...
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Handmade in Israel said...

Amazing how close you got to her!

Jeevan said...

Lovely toad and its back look like walnut shell! Lol

Anvilcloud said...

You are unique in your appreciation of certain creatures. Good for you.

Just noticed your visitor tracker add-on. It says I am in London, but I'm in Ottawa on the other side of the province, Go figure.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

He is so cute!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Well, the way you talk about her makes me love her. We love our toads and tree frogs here too. We have a toad and a tree frog that call the front porch home!

Wayne said...

Holy moley! Imagine the hurtin' she puts on the local bug population. Nice of her to drop by for a few photos.

Ian H said...

Cute little gaffer! Hope he eats lots of mosquitos1

Terry and Linda said...

Amazing! I love toads also and always try to save them. Cool toad!

Linda

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Toadaly awesome.

Marie C said...

He's huge! Wow. I love the expression on his face! :-)

Denise inVA said...

Such a beautiful toad. She certainly is distinctive.

Hilary said...

Love this! Toads seem to have a sort of shy grin on their cute little faces. What a nice visit you had. :)

Montanagirl said...

Wow - she's huge! And does seem to have a rather sweet face (for a toad, LOL)

Anni said...

These are amazing!!!

Thanks for stopping to pay a visit with us birders this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'. [I'm hoping for some more of your BBWDs soon!]

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Holy moly, T...that's something you don't see every day!

Brian King said...

Holy smokes! I've never seen one that large!

joo said...

Really grand!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, That is one big toad! :-)

Robin Lamb said...

T, she's a beauty!

edenhills said...

I love have toads around! I can't believe you are mowing. We are just turning warm enough for the grass to start growing.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is quite a sizable Texas toad you show us.
Love its green specks on the body.
Hugs,
Mariette

Made by KKann said...

Cute.

Stewart M said...

I dont suppose that they are good looking - but they are great!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Halcyon said...

He's giant!

ladyfi said...

She's big and stately!

Pantherka said...

Pretty big toad.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice pics. Have a great week..

"E." "Beth" Edwards said...

he is HUGE. wow. that is awesome. i love your hand for scale. neat-O!! have a nice week, Theresa. so windy here and cold too. an interesting start to the spring days. so wild. ( :

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Tex, yea! I received an email for this blog post, I have signed up several times now wondering why I never receive anything. Beautiful toad, looks very healthy. I would be very curious to find out how old she really is.

Hannah said...

What a grand toad, Theresa! I so wish they lived up here, I love toads, they are fun to play with too. That one looks really laid back.

pattisjarrett said...

Even toads are bigger in Texas! I've never seen one so big.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This makes me smile because it reminds me of a toad I had as a youngster. I called him Max and I kept him for an entire summer in a terrarium of sorts. I cried when I set hime free...both sad tears for me and happy tears for him :)

Laura. M said...

It's huge, Teresa and is very quiet ;)

Justin Carf said...

You have so many things on your ranch, and kudos to you for keeping your eyes peeled for such finds like the toad and the snails! I would really love to know how old she is, too. That's a really cool find!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Wow, that's sure is a big toad and different from I've seen when young. I remember hearing their cries and see them often close to the rice paddy. Haha, not that big one and not the type either.

Thank you SO much for your comments,I really appreciate your visits♪ I think I'll be able to get back the normal life style :-)
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Mary Cromer said...

How adorable, I love toads, frogs, Spring Peepers, all of them, very sweet~

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think she's a great great great Grandma! and cute too.

Stephanie said...

Wowzers! That baby is huge!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh wow, what a large toad! It is a Texas-sized toad for sure. :) I would love to know how old it is, too. Have a nice week!

Inger said...

I love the smiley one! And it looks just like the toads that sometimes come by here.

Maggid said...

What a Great Visitor!!!
Toads a cool.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

What a wonderful creature! And yes, adorable definitely fits!!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Tex, What a great Toad! I like them as well. I have never spotted one or even any other frog here at my new home. Maybe some day I will. Glad your toad is on its way to another adventure. Have a great day tomorrow!

Mary Kirkland said...

That's cool that you found a toad so big and she sat still long enough for you to get some great pictures of her.

Michael Manning said...

This is certainly a different post, but interesting.

Helma said...

This is a very special animal.
I find it very beautiful. The little green pieces of his body that pieces of grass or sit it in his skin?

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Have a Blessed and Meaningful Easter.

Our photos said...

Wow, he is huge ! Nice !

Nancy Chan said...

You are so brave, Theresa. I would dare go near a frog or a toad. Actually I cannot differentiate which is which. It looks like a big toad!

bon bon said...

Oh my gosh! She's huge! And look at that cute smile in that center photo. :)

Alexa T said...

So sweet little frog with the freshly-mown grass... Adorable to meet such a critter...
A good weekend to you and a Happy Spring!

Ron said...

Freshly mowed grass?? I haven't even thought about getting the mower out yet. Hopefully I'll have a few more weeks before I have to think about that.

Michael Manning said...

I know so little about toads. But children have a particular fascination with them!

Mandy Southgate said...

I love toads too! And frogs and geckos too!

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