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24th June 2010, 21:04
So, these little ones are tiny. I have some pictures up but it was tough getting good shots of these little guys/gals.


As one of these pictures shows they all still have quite a bump on their back ends, I'm not sure exactly what this signifies as far as their development. That letter "r" is about 1" tall, as a frame of reference.
I haven't housed any this small before so we'll see how it goes. I have them set up in a 5.5 gallon tank with some pond water (most likely the pond they were born in) in a little tupperware container with a number of sticks coming out of it (the water is deep but it's up to the rim of the container), fertilizer-free soil, moss and some stones and leaf litter for hiding spots.
I gathered some wood-lice, and some other bugs from the yard, some pinhead crickets and there might be some ants in the soil and a bit of a strawberry to try to attract some fruit flies. They seem to be quite interested in all the little bugs but I've only seen one attempt to eat one of the pinheads, I'm unsure if he got it or not.
Perhaps they still won't eat for a week or so from what I've read in past posts.
Here are some pictures of the tank. The walls are kind of in need of a cleaning but it seems to be alright for the time being, nothing fancy.

Let me know what you think.


25th June 2010, 19:23
They are just too cute! I rescued one about this size from my job (auto detail shop) last year. Mine fed well on pinhead crickets, baby earthworms, and pill bugs. I kept him in a half-aquatic/half-terrestrial setup (misted daily) and he thrived. I passed him along to a friend just this past Spring as I was running out of room. I wish you the very best of luck!

26th June 2010, 14:23
Your set up looks great! You will probably need to get a bigger setup as they grow but for now it looks pretty much perfect. They probably wont use the water area very much but it will help maintain humidity. Good luck!

27th June 2010, 18:18
Thanks. I have a bigger tank for when they get bigger and I'm constantly scanning thrift stores, etc.
I finally found some flightless fruit flies in my area too, so that's good and the cultures are already producing flies; I'd prefer to culture them myself but this works fine till I can order some. I did get to see the tail end of a pinhead being pushed down one of their gullets, that was cool...a first for me.

A couple of them do jump in the water if I poke my head over the tank too quickly but all of them are moving further away from it every day.

29th June 2010, 04:45
They're too cute :happy: I scooped some tadpoles up while collecting pond water for my Noto larvae. I think they're the same species :p

17th July 2010, 15:18
Cute little Buggers!

Here in the Northeast I think the dry and hot weather we have been having the last month has affected the American Toad juvie population this year. For the past 4 years I've been staying a friends house in eastern NY the same week in July, a little North west of the Berkshires . Every year we see thousands of juvenile toads that just recently emerged, hopping everywhere on the grounds... ... This year..Not a one., I've even gone out at night with a flash light.... Definetly not the norm for out here. Either its been so hot that these guys developed faster than normal and are now in the woodlands .....or this years breeding failed due to the heat and pools.:( dried out.