At the end of a very hot week, in the middle of a very hot day, Coral sets out from her home to walk along the edge of a sunny field and wonders what she will discover today.
Not far away from her little mouse-house, a lumpy, bumpy gray and brown toad suns himself on a large rock. Coral recognizes him as an American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus), the most common variety of toad in Minnesota.
Even though Mr. Toad does not appear in the mood for chatting today, Coral is very glad to have seen him in her neighborhood. Adult American toads are carnivorous (meaning they eat animals instead of plants). They dine on insects, spiders, worms, and slugs and help keep these creatures from overpopulating an area! They are valuable creatures to have around.