Today we went outside for some yard work and we just happened to find that cute little guy up there. With all the rain and humidity we’ve had lately it’s really bringing out the toads! Amphibians love that stuff to keep their skin moist.
We are homeschoolers of opportunity, just going with the flow each day, and lately we’ve been talking a LOT about habitats and animals. Immediately, after discovering that sweet little toad there, Charlie knew we needed to do something in our yard for the toads. We also have a toad who’s lived under our steps for several years now. She’s been keeping an eye on him all summer. Do you see him hiding under there?
So, what did Charlie decide we needed to do for Mr. Toad up there?
Build a toad house, of course.
We immediately started talking about what a toad’s backyard habitat would include. Charlie spouted off the basics pretty fast:
Alright, so she has those down. We went into more details about toad facts and what we needed. She decided plants to hide under, bugs to eat and, well, water is water. Great for swimming, drinking and cooling off. An ideal place for an amphibian to hang out.
Here’s how we made our toad house habitat.
Broken flower pot for the toad house
Shallow dish for water
Rocks for decoration and something for the toad to stand on in the water
That’s it. Super simple.
First step was to find a good vegetative shelter. Great place for bugs, shade, and to hide from any predators. We decided the hostas in the front yard would be great.
Next we found the right spot for the water dish, dug it out a bit and leveled it some. This was necessary because we live on a hill and have never leveled our landscaping.
Add in the filled water bowl and rocks. Now that’s a toad spa if I do say so myself.
Now that the habitat ground work has been laid, it was time for the toad house. This was pretty easy for us. A toad house is just a small structure with a door just big enough for a toad. You can buy some cute ones online, but we had a ready made one thanks to a small, broken terra cotta pot. We never toss those. Never know when they’ll come in handy! This one happened to break to make a perfect opening for a toad house.
We slightly buried it in the ground under the hostas near the water and we were done! I think it looks like a great new home for any toads passing by our property.
Please be aware that frogs and toads are important to our ecosystems and due to environmental issues they are on the decline. Check out the National Science Foundation‘s information on the issue.
What kinds of animals do you have in your backyard habitat? Tell me in the comments.