American Toad #18-3152

Admission Date: 
December 26, 2018
Location of Rescue: 
Albemarle County
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Found in road
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On December 26, American Toad #18-3152 was admitted to the Center from Albemarle County. The toad was observed in the road, bleeding and unable to hop; the rescuer initially thought she had been hit by a car.

The veterinary team examined the toad but found no injuries or signs of trauma that would be consistent with being hit by a car. However, two small puncture wounds on the toad’s face indicate she was possibly attacked by a predator and managed to escape. It’s unusual to find toads active during cold winter days, but a predator attack could explain why she was awake. Frogs and toads in Virginia enter brumation – a type of hibernation specific to amphibians and reptiles. The toad’s brumation was possibly interrupted by an attack.  

Because they typically brumate, reptiles and amphibians cannot be released in the winter; state regulations indicate that amphibian patients cannot be released before May 1, meaning American Toad #18-3152 will remain at the Center through the winter.

The Center does not have the facilities to replicate conditions for brumation in reptile and amphibian patients; therefore, this toad will remain active during the winter and the staff will monitor her behavior and keep her well-fed until release in the spring.

The toad’s wounds have healed and she is eating well; she’s gained 12 grams since admission and now weighs 50 grams.

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January 21, 2019

American Toad #18-3152 has been doing well at the Center; the toad has gained a whopping 31 grams and now weighs 69 grams! The toad is eating a diet of mealworms and crickets and is typically fed every day; the rehabilitation staff have been adjusting the amount of food to ensure the toad doesn’t gain too much while she continues to overwinter at the Wildlife Center. Each Thursday, the veterinary staff perform a quick health check; they are particularly careful to see if the toad is edematous [retaining too much fluid] – which can result from a fluid imbalance.