California Ground Toads are large. I could hear toads in our yard, but never seen one until now. One day I found a long string of slimy stuff floating in my fountain and it looked like there were eggs inside. After researching the above picture, I was able to identify it as a California ground toads and her eggs.
The eggs hatched into tadpoles in about 2 weeks. I knew I had to move them from the fountain because it sits inline to where my lawn sprinklers hit it and some were dying due to the chlorine in the water. Plus, there’s no shade and wide open to predators.
First thing was to run down to our local fish store to purchase water conditioner and tadpole food. I then chose my first of several holding containers, a Rubbermaid container used for soaking feet.
After a couple weeks I thought maybe they would rather have a room with a view. So my second choice was a Pyrex casserole dish. Easy to clean, but not very habitat friendly.
So then I moved on to my third and final home which became is much more elaborate and habitat friendly.
I laid a small piece of plywood to cover half the top opening of the plastic bin. Giving them an area that was somewhat protected.
It’s comprised of a casserole sized glass dish inside a 6″ shallow plastic tub and a fish tank aerator for putting oxygen into the water. Also note the gravel beach entry and granite rock in the water. Once the tadpoles morph into toads they must be able to get out of the water or they’ll drown.
Changing the water weekly is very important. They need clean water to stay healthy!
Their back legs sprouted first, in about 3 months. Then came the front legs, about a month later. Some were slower to morph than others. Once their tails started to absorb or shrink was when they were close to leaving the water. It was fast after that point. I was able to observe and feed the little toads for a few days then they started to leave, one by one.
I went a step further and installed a small pre-fab pond for future generations. Why not?