A frog he would a – wooing go.....(Extract article from the volume 2005/1 Newsletter)
....well a toad actually, one of our special
Next night the toad was back beside the bed. He had travelled across open land, along the road through the garden gate in through the gap in the door left open for Winnies five cats, through the lounge along the passageway and into the bedroom.
So back to the vlei he went with a stern admonishment to stay away. Next night he was back beside the bed. How on earth does a toad navigate to a specific spot inside a house when it has been carried away in a closed container?
It soon became clear that this was one very determined toad. Seven times he made the trip back to the house after being put into the water Sandy and I joined Winnie to return him to the water prior to his last return. He was put in the water at 17h35. At 21h15 he was back in Winnies garden. Next morning he was back under the bedside cabinet. We suggested that Winnie create a hibernation hole for him under a rock in the garden but the maid is adamant that she and the toad cannot share the same space.
So now he's been taken way upstream on the Westlake River. As yet there's no sign of him back here - maybe he's got the message that Winnie is not going to kiss him to see if he turns into a prince!
A sequel he did return and that was a distance of more than 2 kilometres! After being removed 8 times he now has been given permission to stay. Only until breeding season starts in August, when he will naturally go to the water to breed and then hopefully move on somewhere else for Winnies sake.
(Leopard Toads live in the undergrowth
and even buried underground for some of the year. They forage looking
for any thing that can fit into their mouths. Very valuable pest
remover in the garden. * They are very mobile trying to get to water
from the end of July to mid August, depending on the seasonal
* This is a particularly vulnerable time for the species as they have to cross roads to get to the water and back to where they came from. They are often decimated by motorists not caring or being ignorant to this fact).
Please take care and save our