Today I built a toad abode to attract toads to the backyard, following instructions I found on the National Wildlife Federation website.
I used a hammer to break apart a 10-inch terra cotta azalea pot that already had a crack in it. (But, of course, the pot doesn’t have to be cracked for you to take a hammer to it.) I stacked the fragments into the form of a house, using the largest pieces of the pot as the main walls.
I located the abode in our wettest, shadiest bed. I left the bottom of the abode open, so its tenants can burrow if they like, and I added leaf litter to the floor. The main entrance is just over three inches tall–plenty of room for the tallest of toads–and I provided several other points of entry/exit in case any of the residents need to leave quickly by alternate route (as in case of snake). The final amenity I added was a dipping pool, which I made by sinking an extra terra cotta saucer into the soil outside the abode.
Now that construction on the abode is complete, we’re just waiting for a toad to wake up from hibernation and find it. I can’t wait to see who takes up residence.
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