No Prince

The cane toad is a big, ugly toad. In Panama they are ‘el sapo’ and they are active at night, especially around houses where there is water, meaning a pool, and they often leave large toady ‘presents.’ In our part of the world, its habitat ranges from the southern United States to northern South America. It hatches from an egg laid in water, begins its life as a tadpole, and eats irritating insects. As tadpoles, cane toads eat algae and other plants that grow in water. Cane toad tadpoles change into fully formed frogs in 12 to 60 days.

Cane toads have a poison that can kill animals that try eating them, including dogs and cats. Predators that find the toad tasty include caimans, certain snakes, eels, and fishes. Some animals are resistant to their venom; others avoid the most venomous parts and can tolerate the venom they do eat.

Occasionally we have come across indications that we’ve had a visit from el sapo during the evening.  On occasion, we will find one in the back garden like this little fellow.

Toad Toad Toad In the future, this somewhat cute little guy will look like this behemoth.Sapo Large No, it’s not a prince.  This sapo went from the back garden to live out its future in another area…in the campo.

To see other interpretations of this week’s photo challenge ‘Future’ go here.


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14 Responses to No Prince

  1. Suvi says:

    The toad looks quite cute when on the rocks but like a beast when held – yikes!

    • indacampo says:

      I know! They’re so cute and small and look what they grow into…Jabba the Hutt! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  3. viveka says:

    Lovely …. I guess a kiss will not change it neither. *smile

  4. Clever take on this prompt. Cane toad are ugly creatures aren’t they.

    • indacampo says:

      It’s difficult to connect the dots between the cute tiny toad and the big ugly fat one isn’t it? Thanks for visiting!

  5. You can kiss mine… 🙂

  6. Great pics…. careful with your pets!

    • indacampo says:

      Eric is super vigilant. More often we get gray toads that aren’t great for Dos Gatos to be around either. They are quickly removed from the yard.

      Some wackadoodle once told me to leave all the snakes and other critters be, and the cats would ignore them. Pfff! We’d be at the vet once a week if we did that. 😊

  7. ME BE in Panama says:

    That big fella is a long way from turning into a prince. I’d be careful kissing him! Thanks for the great info on the various critters.

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