How Do You Take Care of a Wild Toad?
Toads are a popular pet and are easy to take care of. You can find them in pet stores and online. They are very low maintenance pets and are very interesting. They also provide natural pest control for your garden.
How do you take care of a wild toad?
To take care of a wild toad, you should try to make it feel as at home as possible. You can do this by providing it with a habitat where it can live.
Place your toad’s abode in an area where it can get sunlight during the day and cover it up at night. This will help them keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
You should also give them access to water. Fill a shallow bowl with clean, dechlorinated water and place it in the habitat where they will spend most of their time.
If you live in an area where the temperature gets too hot during the summer, your toad may need a hibernaculum (an underground chamber) where they can burrow. You can build a small, wooden chamber in your backyard that has a hole at the bottom and leaves or straw on top to keep the air cool and moist. The toad will hide in this hollow when the temperatures rise and emerge at night.
This can be a great way to attract toads to your yard, especially during the summer when they are looking for a place to hibernate.
Don’t use anything that isn’t found naturally in your yard, such as a birdbath or other large objects that could fall over and hurt your toad.
If your toad is a juvenile, you should feed it appropriate-sized insects daily. You can find crickets, worms, mealworms, and wax worms at your local pet store. Feeding your toad a variety of foods will ensure that it is getting all the nutrients it needs.
It is important that you don’t handle your toad too much or the oils from your hands will damage its skin. Wear gloves if you need to and wash your hands before and after handling it.
You can give your toad a good shower with de-chlorinated water from a reptile de-chlorinator. This will help to kill any harmful bacteria that could cause your toad to become ill.
Do not touch your toad, especially around its eyes or mouth. This is because toads are amphibians and can absorb stuff through their skin, like bufotoxin.
Toads are very sensitive to light and heat, so don’t leave them in a room that doesn’t get natural lighting. You should provide them with 12 to 15 hours of sunlight a day.
The temperature of your toad’s enclosure should be between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the same temperature as in the wild, so your toad will not need a heat lamp or heater.
When you first get your toad, it will probably want to explore its surroundings. You can give your toad an enrichment item such as a plant or a piece of bark. This will help to make it feel at home and more likely to approach you when it is hungry.