My Population Study of

Wild Toads in the Metro-Detroit area

For five years, I tracked 124 toads at my previous residence, as seen on the Wild Toads of Detroit Page.  While I am sad to never get the chance to see my little friends again, I am excited to make new friends at my new house.  This time, rather than naming the toads just by number, I am trying to give them more personal names, as time permits.  Not all toads were found here.  Some were relocated from my previous residence, some from a rental property, and some from miscellaneous areas---I figured it would be interesting to see how many stayed around here.  Currently, there are 106 toads being tracked.

 

There were 46 new toads for 2009Nine are definitely adult males.  Four others seem possible as well.

There are 60 new toads for 20104 were adult males.

 

Here they are, sorted by their size when last seen.

~1/2 -15/16 inches

These toads are unbelievably small.  Here is #38 shown on my fingertip (click on it for full-size image)...

Toad 35 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky
6-21-09
 
 
Toad 36 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky
6-21-09
 
 
Toad 37 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky
6-21-09
 
 
Toad 38 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky
6-21-09

 

Toad 41 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found both times in the front flower bed
frisky
6-22-09, 6-23-09
 
 
Toad 42 ""
less than 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found in backyard
calm
7-3-09
 
 
Toad 51 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-5-10

 

Toad 52 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-5-10

 

Toad 53 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-5-10
 
 
Toad 54 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-5-10

 

Toad 55 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-5-10
 
 
Toad 56 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 57 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 58 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 59 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10, 6-19-10
 
 
Toad 60 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 61 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 62 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 63 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-12-10
 
 
Toad 64 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10
 
 
Toad 65 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10

 

Toad 66 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10
 
 
Toad 67 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10
 
 
Toad 68 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10
 
 
Toad 69 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-19-10
 
 
Toad 70 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-21-10

 

Toad 71 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-21-10
 
 
Toad 72 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-21-10
 
 
Toad 73 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-21-10
 
 
Toad 75 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
6-24-10
 
 
Toad 76 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
6-24-10
 
 
Toad 77 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-24-10
 
 
Toad 78 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-30-10

 

Toad 79 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
6-30-10

 

Toad 80 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
6-30-10

 

Toad 81 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found in moss garden
7-2-10

 

Toad 82 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
found in moss garden
7-2-10

 

Toad 83 ""
about 7/8 inch
sex unknown
frisky
7-3-10

 

Toad 84 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-3-10

 

Toad 85 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-3-10

 

Toad 86 ""
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-3-10

 

Toad 87 ""
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
7-3-10

 

Toad 88
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
7-13-10
 
 
Toad 89
about 1/2 inch
sex unknown
7-14-10
 
 
Toad 90
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-26-10
 
 
Toad 91
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-26-10
 
 
Toad 92
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-26-10
 
 
 
 
 
Toad 93 "One-Eyed Jack"
about 3/4 inch
sex unknown
7-26-10
 
I tried to keep this toad and rehabilitate him because he was very skinny (not eating well because he can't find food with one eye as well).  Sadly he succumbed to some kind of skin disease on 11-10-10.
 

 

1 - 1 7/16 inches

Toad 11 "Lefty"
(named so because he has no toes on his right foreleg---looks like a birth defect)
1 7/16"
sex undetermined
found for first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
average friskiness, seems to get around ok without foot
5-31-09

 

Toad 27 ""
1 3/8"
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
mildly frisky
6-14-09, 6-19-09

 

Toad 28 ""
1 3/8"
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
calm
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 32 ""
1 3/8"
sex unknown
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
mildly frisky, crackling in lungs
6-21-09
 
 
Toad 46 ""
1 1/4"
sex unknown
found in rear strawberry patch by woods
very frisky
8-31-09

 

Toad 47 ""
(forgot to measure, but likely a little less than 1 1/2")
sex unknown
4-30-10
 

 

Toad 49 ""
1"
sex unknown
has respiratory infection
5-5-10

 

Toad 74 ""
about 1 inch
sex unknown
6-24-10

 

Toad 94
about 1 1/8"
sex unknown
found by butterfly bushes
frisky
8-6-10
 
 
Toad 95
about 1 1/4"
sex unknown
found by butterfly bushes
frisky
8-6-10
 
 
Toad 97
about 1 3/8"
sex unknown
found on south side of house
frisky, very spotted underbelly.
8-18-10
 
 
Toad 99
about 1 3/8"
sex unknown
found in front flower bed
8-23-10
 
 
 
Toad 101
about 1 1/4"
sex unknown
sweet toad, a little shy.
8-26-10
 
 
Toad 103
about 1 3/8"
sex unknown
frisky
8-28-10
 
 

 

1 1/2 - 1 15/16 inches

Toad 5 ""
1 11/16"
female
found in backyard while mowing grass
very frisky
5-25-09

 

Toad 9 ""
1 1/2"
female
found for first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
very frisky
5-31-09

 

Toad 10 ""
1 5/8"
sex undetermined, but may be a male since it attempted to croak
found for first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
calm, likes back rubs
5-31-09
 
 
Toad 12 ""
1 7/8"
female
found on sidewalk near neighbor's house
takes short, quick jumps, frisky, but calmed down for backrub
6-11-09
 
 
Toad 13 "Right-hand Man"
1 9/16"
male
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1
very timid, missing left hand and looks infected.
6-14-09

 

Toad 14 ""
1 5/8"
sex unknown, but tries to croak
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
likes backrubs, good long jump
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 15 ""
1 7/8"
sex unknown, but tries to croak
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky, but will lay on back for a while if placed that way
6-14-09
 
Toad 16 ""
1 7/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
fairly calm, lays on back and lets one rub her
tummy
6-14-09
 
Toad 17 ""
1 7/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
not really curved, just hard to take a picture---was extremely frisky
however will lay on back when placed and allows a tummy rub
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 24 "X-Man"
1 7/8"
male
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
frisky, vocal chords are still developing
6-14-09, 6-17-09
 
 
 
Toad 25 "Owlsly"
1 1/2"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
frisky, good long jump
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 26 ""
1 13/16"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
calm on first capture, but frisky and fast on last capture.
was 1 5/8" when caught, found in front flower bed on 6-23-09
6-14-09, 6-16-09, 6-23-09
 
 
Toad 29 ""
1 3/4"
female
found in the garage after rainy night
mildly frisky
6-19-09
 
 
Toad 30 ""
1 3/4"
female
found in the garage after rainy night
mildly frisky
6-19-09
 
 
Toad 33 ""
1 7/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
frisky
6-21-09
 

 

Toad 44 ""
1 1/2"
female
found in front flower bed
frisky
8-25-09
 
 
 
Toad 45 ""
1 1/2"
female
found in front flower bed
frisky, super fast jumper
8-25-09
 

 

Toad 50 ""
2 3/8" (grew 3/4 inch in about a month)
female
1 5/8" when first caught 5-27-10
found under patio table first time caught
fast jumper, urinated 4 times, very frisky first time caught
7-1-10 found in moss garden.
super sweet---total personality change. 
loved to be held, hardly jumped at all
 
 
Toad 98
1 1/2"
female
found in backyard the first time, but front flower bed the second time.
8-18-10, 8-23-10
 
 
Toad 104
1 7/8"
female
8-31-10
 
 
Toad 105
1 7/8"
male
frisky, but likes to be held and rubbed.
found by mulberry tree.
8-31-10
 
 
Toad 106
1 7/8"
male
found by mulberry tree.
8-31-10
 
 
 

 

2 - 2 7/16 inches

Toad 1 "DJ Premier"
2 1/8"
male
first found near back wall in strawberries
very calm and friendly, likes to be held, chirps a lot
enjoyed a long water soak
4-17-09

 

Toad 4 "Tangerina"
2 3/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
friendly and calm when held,
but takes short, quick jumps when released
5-8-09
 

 

Toad 8 ""
2"
most likely a male---tried to do the amplexus grip on my thumb
found by woodpile, second time by boysenberries
friendly, sits up when positioned
5-30-09, 6-16-09

 

Toad 19 "Jezebel"
2"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
somewhat frisky
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 20 "Vladina"
2 3/16"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
very calm, rough skin
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 21 ""
2 1/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
very calm, likes back rubs
6-14-09
 
 
Toad 22 ""
2"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site
fairly calm
6-14-09
 
 

 

Toad 23 "Rustie"
2 1/8"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #2, relocated to this site,
found second time on north side of house
found third time in city property trees
calm, beautiful bright orange dots all over it
1 3/4" on 6-14-09, 6-22-09, 6-23-09

 

 

Toad 31 "Cherry"
2 1/4"
female
found trapped in egress window at a house for sale, relocated to this site
very calm after rescue, very good long jump, excellent climber
seemed to have something wrong with eyelid skin on right eye
6-20-09
 
 
 
Toad 40 ""
2 1/8"
female
found for the first time in front flower bed
frisky
6-22-09
 
 
 
 
Toad 43 ""
2"
male
found for the first time in driveway
good long jump, very friendly, likes to be pet, doesn't chirp much
8-8-09
 

 

Toad 48 ""
2 3/8"
female
found in bkyd by butterfly bushes
very friendly, likes to be held
orange spots on neck
4-30-10
 

 

Toad 50 ""
2 3/8" (grew 3/4 inch in about a month)
female
1 5/8" when first caught 5-27-10
found under patio table first time caught
fast jumper, urinated 4 times, very frisky first time caught
7-1-10 found in moss garden.
super sweet---total personality change. 
loved to be held, hardly jumped at all
 

 

Toad 96
about 2"
female
frisky, found in front yard flower bed.
8-6-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Toad 100
2"
male
frisky, found in front yard flower bed.
8-24-10, 9-1-10 in rain.
 
 
Toad 102
2"
male
frisky
8-26-10
 
 

 

2 1/2+ inches

Toad 2 "Scoliocinda"
(named so because of curved spine line---I've never seen this occurrence before)
2 3/4"
female
first found in boysenberry ground litter
very calm and friendly, likes to be held
enjoyed a long water soak
4-18-09

 

Toad 3 "Finch"
2 1/2"
male
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
very frisky and chirpy
excellent vertical climber and long-jumper
5-8-09

 

Toad 6 "Nueve"
(named so because of the "9" on his upper back)
2 1/2"
male
first found in backyard while mowing grass, found near garage next time
frisky
5-25-09, 6-19-09

 

Toad 7 "Lucky Seven"
2 3/4"
male
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
was very active the first time caught, but calm after that
He is my lucky toad because he seems to have taken up residence near the flower bed by the side of the house and I know where to find him
5-30-09, every day from 6-4-09 to 6-9-09.  On 6-11-09, there was a big thunderstorm.  I didn't see him again until 6-18-09, but there he was in the usual spot.

 

Toad 18 ""
2 9/16"
female
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
friendly, seems a bit thin for its length
6-14-09, 6-15-09
 
 
Toad 34 "Everest"
2 1/4"
male
found for the first time at previous Detroit site #1, relocated to this site
very chirpy, friendly, likes backrubs, climbed woodpile to the top after release
6-21-09
 
 
Toad 34 ""
2 1/4"
male
found in backyard flower bed
very chirpy, very frisky, extremely fast jumper
6-21-09
 
 
 

 

Here is a video of the largest batch of toads ever to be found in one day.  Brian caught 15 toads from two different houses while mowing the lawn.

 

These two toads are being kept with Don the Spadefoot.  To my surprise, Right Hand Man had Triangle Toad in an amplexus grip today, something I've never seen any wild toads do in captivity.  These photos were taken on August 28, 2009.

   

 

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