Bumbling toads

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By Quinn Keast | October 5, 2016

Migrating toads are on the move

Call it an amphibian ambush. Call it a toad-imposed rush hour. Outside the windows of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, hundreds of toads converge from all directions. Like many species in fall, they’re migrating. It looks slightly haphazard… but these little guys are hopping their way to winter hibernation sites.

Canadian and American Toads breed and spend the summer in wet areas such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and even puddles. In the fall they need to find somewhere safe where they won’t freeze during the winter. Toads travel to dry, upland areas where they dig their own burrow or use existing tunnels or natural crevices. They may dig down to depths of a metre or more. They spend the winter at these land-based sites and when the weather warms up in spring they dig their way to the surface and move towards breeding ponds.

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