About 4 – years ago we built a Koi pond in our backyard it has a bog full of plants and a waterfall. We have truly enjoyed the sound of the pond it is very relaxing. It did not take long for the frogs and toads to find our pond.
Many people do not know the difference between frogs and toads. Frogs have slick bodies and jump really high and far, toads have really rough-looking body with a lot of texture, short legs and they hop instead of jump.
I do believe these are Houston Toads and they are on the endangered list. I would like to get that verified with Texas Parks and Wildlife because if they are Houston Toads we have quite the population right here in our backyard.
Sometimes it gets really loud after it has rained and that is the male frogs and toads calling the females This year I have seen so many baby toads it must have been a very productive season because we have never seen this many.
I spent about 2 minutes gathering up about 10 – 12 of them for a Toad Photo Session. Once I had the toads in a container I had to figure out what to do with them. Photographing them in a container they would not show up very good.
I decided to put them in one of my bird baths. I checked the water temperature to make sure it was not hot before I added them to it. I never thought about them all going different directions.The biggest toad was probably 1 1/2 inches long the rest were really small. They gave me about 4 minutes to take pictures before they all jumped.
Needless to say never doubt that a photographer can find a subject to take pictures of on any given day. Sometimes you will take pictures of things you never thought you would have.