The Houston Toad ? | Manvel, Texas Photographer

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.

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7 thoughts on “The Houston Toad ? | Manvel, Texas Photographer

  1. That’s a great idea to put them in the bird bath. I just love to listen to the frogs sing in the spring. We used to live near a marsh and we saw toads very often. Nice photos.

  2. Oh my gosh, Sonya! In looking at the head alone (versus the head of the Gulf Coast toad) of the first photo, it looks to be wide like the Houston Toad. I’m no expert, but I do know that the Houston Toad requires both sandy soil AND pine or oak tree habitat which is why they are so endangered. They do not tolerate our gumbo soil like the more prolific Gulf Coast toad.

    I’m sure you know that the population in Bastrop were decimated by the fires of late 2011. I’m pretty sure you’re already doing this, but I would take a variety of shots and send to a notable amphibian specialist in the area. I’m sure Houston zoo has some.

    I would love to know the outcome of this. Keep me posted, will ya?

    • I talked to Texas Parks and Wildlife and to a herpetologist named Andy. He said young toads are hard to tell what they are. I had to find a picture of a grown one. Of course the grown one I had a picture of was a gulf coast toad. They look very different with the pics side by side. He said there are historically a few others Woodhouse’s toads and Texas toads. More research for me. I guess I am going to have to photograph more big frogs when they are being noisy outside to figure this all out. He thinks the baby toads are Gulf Coast.

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