I love sharing Cindy Knokes fabulous photographs of the critters that she shares The Holler with.. today certainly a little change from the delicate humming birds and fluffy owlet, but a creature who is equally precious, especially as the California Western Toads are endangered. She may not look like a supermodel but that face is very cute.. just watch out Mr. Dragonfly as Mrs. T. is light on her feet and has a long tongue….
Either Mrs Toad is expecting, or she is feasting on far too many bugs! She is over 5 inches long and quite chubby.
Dragon, the fly, needs to keep his distance, because Mrs T can spring into action quite suddenly.
Mrs T is a clever critter, who waits patiently at the right time of day for the drip line to start emitting precious water, providing needed relief for an overheated toad on hot summer days.
T is a California Western Toad, a threatened species of ‘special concern,’ due to die offs caused by fertilizer contamination, disease, and habitat destruction.
Western Toads are terrestrial, and we have a thriving colony of them inside The Holler fences.
Cheers to you & happy weekend from the comfortably chubby, and quite toadish, Mrs Toad~