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Monday, September 28, 2009

NAOMI WEST: Guess who is back?

Check this out: pic taken originally and pic taken tonight. Big old Barnabas hopped up to our yard tonight. I have NO idea who that other toad was, but I have done a pic comparison and this is truly Barnabas.

I've sent you both pics; I think you'll agree. (But be honest if toads can have identical irregular markings.) We have never seen two toads around here, and we haven't seen any at all since the one I found dead, so it's very strange, but I prayed God would bring him back to me somehow. I'm so excited.

I had a talk with Barnabas about staying out of the driveway. He sat with his head straight ahead for a few seconds, then turned his head toward me, stared a second then took a hop toward me. Then a bug came along and he ate it.

Also, I found this cute video of somebody's wild "pet" toad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5nncKiyxnw

ps. Animals & Men are sealed and will be mailed tomorrow.

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

I believe he is a Woodhouse's toad.

He's too big to be a Texas toad, and he's in a part of Texas where there are no American toad and probably now Fowler's toads.

Where I live, we have both Fowler's and Americans, which are very hard to tell apart. They also hybridize.

However, virtually all of the toads I see on a daily basis are American toads. In September, I see lots of them looking for places to hibernate. It's now so cold at night here, that the toads are no longer active.