American Toad #19-3281 was admitted to the Center on December 7 after a private citizen found the amphibian in a plant she moved inside. It is likely that this toad was hibernating in the plant, and came out of hibernation after being warmed by inside temperatures.
The toad is clinically healthy, but since the outside temperatures are not amenable to release, this patient will be kept over the winter in the Center’s reptile room until May, when reptiles and amphibians can be released in Virginia. The prognosis for this patient is guarded; small amphibians are often fragile patients to maintain in captivity.
The toad weighed five grams upon intake – the equivalent of 250 grains of rice!