How to Care for
Your New Egyptian Toad
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Origin: With the appellation Egyptian toad, you know these guys come from Egypt. They were probably the plague of frogs Moses furnished old Pharaoh so he'd let his people go. During a plague, very few people quibble over the differences between toads and frogs. Egyptian toads are spread all over Africa in any area that has a wet season.
Size: Neither a mini nor a monster, Egyptian toads grow to an excellent pet size (unlike the heftier cane toads). You can easily keep two or three in a 10-gallon aquarium.
Breeding: Three Egyptian toads were inadvertently placed with three chubby frogs overnight because the Egyptian suite had not been prepared. Next morning we extricated all but this guy. He was dedicated to his purpose in life even when picked up. He was in love. She was not impressed. She tried to waddle away to no avail. He was stuck on her in every sense of the word. Like most toad/frog males, Egyptian toads develop sticky black pads on their "hands" to hold onto the females during egg production. We left him to his own devices because arduous males will also cling to human hands with equal ardor.
Feeding: In their African homeland, Egyptian toads consume vast quantities of ants and termites. (Not too many critters will willingly eat ants.) They adapt instantly to crickets. I accidentally dropped some 40 crickets into a cage with two Egyptians. They polished them off quite rapidly.
Housing: In their luxurious Egyptian suite, these three Egyptian toads have easy access to their own private pool (alas, no high board and no lifeguard) to the left plus two sturdy cabañas two the right. Two sort of tropical looking plastic plants complete the suite.
Keep them Covered: Egyptian toads have little else to do all day other than trying to figure out how to Steve McQueen their Egyptian suites, no matter how luxurious or Luxor-ious. You need a secure cover if you want to keep them successfully.
Egyptian toads see plants as something to hide behind or
them if YOU like them. They will provide their own toadstools, so you
need to clean them weekly -- thus the simplicity of their Egyptian suite.
Security: Egyptian toads need a little hideaway because they know instinctively that big critters eat little critters. They know because little critters eat even smaller critters which eat etc. Small flower pots work well.
Hunkerers: Egyptian toads will dig their own hideaway. They'll also burrow in during dry spells
Egyptian toads make an interesting, attractive, easy-to-keep
critter. They're inexpensive and fun to keep. Last odd fact:
Egyptian toads were once used in pregnancy tests like rabbits and African
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