General care for Toads, additional research may apply.
Before we dive into the care for a Pet Toad, it's important to understand a little about their natural history. Toads are a type of amphibian that can be found in many different types of habitats all over the world. They are primarily nocturnal animals that can live for many years in the wild, but with proper care, they can live much longer in captivity. In general, toads can be quite hardy amphibians that adapt well to a captive environment.
When it comes to housing, toads require an enclosure that is large enough for them to move around in and that provides a suitable environment. A 15-gallon tank is appropriate for a single small toad, but larger tanks are required if more than one toad will be kept together. The enclosure should have a secure lid to prevent escape and adequate ventilation to prevent stagnant air.
The substrate in the enclosure should be something that is easy to clean and won't be harmful to the toad if ingested. Most keepers use cypress mulch, coconut husk chips, or an ABG Mix as a substrate, but paper towels are also a good option. Toads require a warm and humid environment. The temperature should be maintained at 75-80°F during the day and can drop to 65°F at night. The humidity should be kept around 60-70% with regular misting. Monitor temperature with a temperature gauge and monitor humidity with a hydrometer.
Toads are carnivorous and require a diet of live, appropriately sized prey. They will eat crickets, discoid roaches, waxworms, and even small rodents. Toads should be fed once a day, and their food should be dusted with calcium powder to ensure proper bone health. Lastly, handling a toad should be done with care and caution. They are sensitive to rough handling and can be easily injured. To pick up a toad, gently scoop it up from underneath using both hands and avoid squeezing or gripping too tightly. Enjoy watching your happy, healthy Pet Toad thrive with these simple care tips! Captive Bred Toads are rare but there are some dedicated hobbyist breeders and professionals working on increasing the number of CB toads - definitely a step in the right direction! Wild Caught Toads are not recommended for beginner hobbyists. If you are a breeder and are interested in purchasing wild caught stock for your breeding programs, reach out to us, we would love to help supply you with quality breeding stock.