“Our Friends the Toads,” Friend, Apr. 1987, 30–31
Bees and butterflies help flowers and vegetables grow.
Ladybugs eat aphids. Earthworms feed the soil and give it air. To a gardener, they are “good bugs.”
Toads protect themselves with a liquid that can hurt. If you touch them, wear gloves and be very gentle.
To a gardener, slugs, grasshoppers, caterpillars, and aphids are “bad bugs.” They eat plants.
Gardeners like toads, too, because a toad eats about 100 “bad bugs” a day. Female toads are much larger than male toads.
During the day toads sleep in a place where the hot sun won’t reach them.
In wintertime toads stay warm by sleeping deep underground.
Toads gather near ponds in springtime. They need lots of water.