Saturday, July 5, 2014

Garden Guest: Toad or Handsome Prince?

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I have a series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 

If you would like to see more, check my Gardening Page!

 
I don't know much about frogs and toads, but this is a toad!  How can I tell?

 
The easiest way for me is the skin.  Frogs have smooth, slick skin.  Toads are bumpy and usually dry.  It was raining when I took these photos.
 
 
See the lovely bumps?  I'd love to hear from anyone who can identify this Handsome Prince.  What kind of toad is he?
 
Today's blogging music comes from Justin Moore.  Lettin' the Night Roll  (When we were at the Blake Shelton concert in Little Rock, Justin Moore just showed up out of nowhere, sang this song, and hung out for a little while!  He is from Arkansas.  I guess he was in town?  'Dunno, but it was a nice surprise in the middle of an already awesome concert!)
 
 
So, what's happening in your back yard?
 
;-)  -Marci

10 comments:

  1. Hi Marci-- I've never applied for one of these certificates...but we definitely would qualify I think. We have tons of wild life here! Do you have to have a 'Pesticide Free-Zone' ?
    As to your Toad or Handsome Prince conundrum...
    Kiss him and find out! hee-hee!
    Pat

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  2. Ok so I would like to, in my imagination, think this ctue frog could be a handsome prince!! I loved frogs as a kid, use to catch them all the time. Have a great week!

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  3. That is so neat! I bet my Daughters would be in heaven and we would be so many different creatures with the woods behind us. We just found a tiny frog or toad in my front garden the other day. :)

    Kaitlyn
    Three Sisters and Us
    http://www.threesistersandus.com/

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  4. In my backyard we have a mole (isn't that what those things are called that make paths of uplifted grass in the yard?) and it is driving me and my dogs crazy. I don't want to kill it, but it is tearing my yard up!

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  5. Your toad prince is certainly handsome, but what he is called I don't know. How awesome that you can designate part of your garden a wildlife area, that is a great idea.

    Diana

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  6. What a coincidence -- we just found a toad in our backyard today! It's rare to see them, so the kids were thrilled. :)

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  7. Congrats on having a toad in your garden. I have put out a toad house, but still no visitors.

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  8. My backyard is a great wildlife area -- I have lots of beautiful birds, toads, chipmunks, squirrels, skunks, and raccoons. I just need the skunk to stop digging for grubs in my yard though.



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  9. He is so cute! Thanks for sharing him with us on Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  10. We were just talking in our homeschool yesterday about whether you use the same sign language sign for toad as you do for frog. My kids think yes but we didn't arrive at a definitive answer. That is quite possibly the most attractive toad I've ever seen. I usually find them pretty nasty looking. Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week. I was hoping you were going to share a fun toad book to go along with this little guy!
    Tina

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