Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Sometimes toads are numerous on Ocracoke, and sometimes they seem rare. I think it might have a lot to do with storms and hurricanes.

Many ground dwelling critters must die when high tides wash over the island. And it must take a while for the remaining individuals to reproduce, and for the species to recover. Lately I've seen a few more toads than I have for a while. This is reassuring.

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  1. Anonymous7:12 AM

    South of Broad by Pat Conroy is narrated by a character called Toad.

  2. Kevin3:13 PM

    Philip, I have observed the same pattern here, i.e., toads and frogs are plentiful in some years, less plentiful in others. In 2012 we used to walk down to a nearby pond every night with the dogs in order to hear what we called "muppet frogs". They were absent last year, this year they are back. And there are toads everywhere this year. You have to be careful where you walk at night! Maybe it's the rain?