I love both frogs and toads and we have both here at Archenland. Do you have either or both in your pond or the local streams, ditches and ponds around you?
I was chatting with a friend about the difference between frog and toad spawn … while we looked at some frog spawn in her pond. They’re very different as you can see from the pix and this article. I was brought up to call toad spawn “string of black pearls” :-).
Both toads and frogs are excellent helpers in the garden. Toads and frogs are carnivores. When they’re young they eat flies and ants. Later, when they’re grown, they hunt larger insects and larvae as well as slugs, snails and even spiders. Very large toads (usually the females) can eat small mice and lizards. They swallow their prey whole as they have no teeth and cannot chew.
Do encourage frogs and toads into your garden – they’re part of a whole ecosphere and will really help you keep it balanced. And the sound of them croaking is delightful 🙂
Froglife … one of several good sites to learn about amphibians.