Wifey and I moved into our new house on Halloween of 2017. When spring arrived I saw all these tiny toads hopping around the yard. They needed a habitat. So I built one.
Step 1: HABITAT LOCALE
This area (as the previous owners left it) seemed ready made for a habitat.
Step 2: Decor
I rummaged through the garage and found toady stuff, and rummaged in the yard and around the house and found bricks.
Step 3: 'TIS SOME LONELY VISITOR, I MUTTERED.....
No sooner had I begun when a toad paid a visit to the area.
Step 4: THE TOAD POND
I found a cover in the garage to some forgotten serving dish. I wanted something I could change the water frequently knowing mosquitoes would also visit the habitat. I leveled the area and added water, then gathered the bricks.
Step 5: I ADDED BRICKS
I created cubbies for the toads to hide and feel secure in, and to my surprise, I hadn't even finished decorating the habitat when a toad jumped into the pond. He didn't move at all while I finished decorating the area. It was at this point I knew I was doing the right thing.
Step 6: FINISHING TOUCHES
At this point I stopped and let Mr. Toad enjoy the pond. I will, over time, add plants and what-not to the habitat. I might even build Toad Hall. And if you look carefully, you'll see Mr. toad is still in the pond.
I checked the pond again and there was another toad, unless it was the same toad showing his other profile. If more come I'll post their pictures.
I added Toad Hall.
There was a baby toad in the pond today. They seem to be enjoying it.
A large toad visited the pond.
Shaggy mane mushrooms (coprinus comatus) grew.
Let me know what you think. Comments are always welcome and questions are always answered.
Step 7: WINTER COMES TO THE FROG POND
All the toads are hibernating as a winter storm comes to North Carolina.
Step 8: PLEASE VISIT MY OTHER LITTLE SHOP INSTRUCTABLES
This was an easy build and so rewarding when it was inhabited even before I finished.