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Title: Can A Toad Live In A Window Well?
Description: Can a Toad Live in a Window Well?

laurie - August 31, 2004 04:11 AM (GMT)
Can you please tell me if a toad can successfully live in a window well. I mean through the winter..for many years? We have a cute little one in our window well and we all like having him around. He eats the bugs in there and we feed him crickets a few times a week. So, can he survive a winter in there? We've dug down about a foot and replaced it with substrate so that he may hibernate, but I don't know if that's deep enough. We've made him an entire home with plants, wood, rock, water, etc. I sure would like some help with this because we've become so attached to him and certainly don't want him to die in there. Right now he's thriving and getting really fat!!! Also, he always come to the window and looks in. Is he doing that for heat or does he like us as much as we like him???? :P

Robyn - August 31, 2004 04:37 PM (GMT)
Has this toad overwintered in the well before? It is possible he/she could survive the winter down there. Being next to the house keeps it a little warmer. Do you provide water for the toad? It is coming to the window because it has so little else to do. The poor toad has no toady friends and must be bored. The kind thing to do would be to lift him out of there. Sure, his life may be a little more dangerous out free but that's his right, to be free and maybe make more toads one day.

Laurie Powell - September 1, 2004 04:52 AM (GMT)
Actually, my son's babysitter gave it to him. She found him in a parking lot. (My son just loves him.) So, it hasn't wintered there before and I don't know if it can. I thought I read that toads like to live alone or else I would have goten him a friend. I could bring him in and make an environment in an aquarium for him. But I thought it was best he stayed outside and hibernated. I honestly thought he was happy because he eats so well and is really getting fat. He's just a little guy.

Do you really think it's mean? We are animal lovers (and vegetarians). I certainly am not trying to be cruel to an animal. I would have let him go in the yard but I was afraid my dog or cat would get him or that he'd get mowed in the grass. I thought it was safer in the window well. I really am trying to do the "right thing" Let me know.


Robyn - September 1, 2004 02:10 PM (GMT)
If the toad was found nearby, then it is native to your area and naturally would be hopping around free. Yes, life out there is dangerous. Maybe he is ok where he is. But, he is captive. I'm not saying it's mean or not because surely many of us keep animals from their natural lives in captivity. I don't want to get into the ethics of keeping or eating animals because then I get mad at myself too (more in fact; I don't want to be a hippocrite)! It's your choice. Unfortunately, the toad has no say. He might pick either. If you are going to keep him captive, then you should set up an aquarium system. Hibernation extends their lives but can be done in a garage of other area around 35-45 degrees F. Toads are normally pretty solitary but come together around April to breed in ponds.

TommyTurtle - September 1, 2004 02:54 PM (GMT)
If you decide to keep the toad, its my opinion that it would be easier to set up an indoor aquarium for the winter. He can still live outside in the summer. The reason I say this is because in order to allow an animal to hibernate, the conditions usually have to be just right. I don't know the specifics of toads, but I'm sure it isn't simple. Also, this will allow you to enjoy your toad year-round.

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