Why Garden Toads are Valuable in the Backyard

The garden toad is one of the most charming garden animals. If you think of birds, butterflies, and bugs, you're missing out. They're adorable—in a lumpy, bumpy way—and valuable in the backyard. 

Toads are amphibians like frogs. About two dozen North American toad species exist. Toads are designed for dry land, unlike aquatic frogs. They hop, walk, and have dry skin, rounded bodies, blunt noses, and short legs. 

Frog or Garden Toad?

Most are tan, brown, or gray to match dirt, leaves, and rocks. Toads have bumps. They're not warts, despite popular belief. Toads' paratoid glands create toxins to deter predators. 

Toads always consume meat. They hunt beetles, slugs, crickets, flies, ants, and other invertebrates. Larger toads eat snakes and rodents. Each toad tries to eat everything. Natural pest management is greatest with healthy toads.  

What Do Garden Toads Eat? 

Environmental toxins impact toads and amphibians. Their skin readily absorbs pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other pollutants. Unhealthy amounts kill amphibians. Toads in your yard signify cleanliness. 

Environmental Indicator

Although garden toads don't eat plants, they benefit from them. Native plants support insect populations, toads' principal meal. Toads hide from predators in plants. Native plant garden beds attract toads better than bare lawns.  

Attract Toads to Your Yard

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