Biological control – the common toad

Common toads (Bufo bufo) are frequent on our campus and one or two have a home in the tropical greenhouse.  They are fairly shy creatures that tend to hide under objects during the day and come out at night. The toad pictured here was found under a flower pot and is remarkably well camouflaged.

Toad under railway sleeper

Toad under railway sleeper

Toads eat just about anything small that moves including slugs, beetles and earthworms.  We hope our resident toads will keep slugs at bay.  When watering the newly planted displays the toad walked out of its hiding place to see what was going on.

Toad checking up on new displays.

Toad checking up on new displays.

With a small population of toads we hope to avoid slug damage in this damp greenhouse.

About Alastair Culham

A professional botanist and biologist with an interest in promoting biological knowledge and awareness to all.
This entry was posted in Integrated Pest Management. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply