Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Phlegmatic Toad

Well, actually real name is the Asiatic Toad. But that's not a very impressive name, and this fellow didn't bat an eyelid while I took photographs.
















I disturbed him when I was cleaning the front verandah. That black line around the eye is the paratoid gland - toads have poison glands, frogs don't.

And toads walk, did you know that?

Because they have much shorter, less powerful back legs.

10 comments:

Jo said...

I assume you mean as opposed to hopping. No, I didn't know that. Never had to much contact with toads, avoided them as a kid because we all believed they could cause warts.

Peter said...

It looks like a tiny cousin of the (foolishly) imported Cane Toad in Australia.

Glenda Larke said...

Peter, you're dead right. They belong to the same family, Bufonidae.

Australia didn't have any of that family at all ... once upon a time.

Soonuk Jung said...

I learned about your books and your blog through your husband Dr. Noramly when I visited KL as an assistant to Dr. KunMo Chung. Dr. Noramly was very proud of you. I visited your blog and I am fascinated by your interest in nature and especially by the wonderful photos you took! Too bad, we do not see these kinds of creatures in Seoul.

from Seoul, Korea
Soonuk Jung

Jo said...

Wish I had someone like Noramly to promote my blog internationally like that. I am not surprised he is proud of you Glenda, you certainly deserve family pride.

glenda larke said...

Thanks for visiting, Soonuk Jung.

glenda larke said...

Jo, I believe he managed to sell some of my books to Canadians while he was at a recent conference in Tunisia, (by twisting their arms to visit Amazon?)

Jo said...

Nice to have such a devoted promoter.

Jo said...

Nice to have such a devoted promoter

Jo said...

Nice to have such a devoted promoter