Why is the female carrying the male to the water vs. meeting in the water to mate?
Most of the pairs of mating toads that I observed down at the river’s edge were all in the water. One day this pair of toads hopped by on the sandy beach and I couldn’t help wonder why she was carrying him across the land which is much heavier than if she just carried him in the water.
Visit PINTEREST to see a video of these two toads sitting perfectly still without even blinking as the chorus of toads swells all around them at the river’s edge.
This pair of toads, male on top and female on the bottom, are using the buoyancy factor of the water for the female to easily navigate while the male holds on.
P.L.A.Y. Adventure Time
What does it feel like to carry someone on your back on land and then to try carrying that same person on your back in water?
This summer, safely so as not to injure you or your loved one, select someone smaller than you and try this experiment.
It provides appreciation for how animals have to navigate naturally and the strength it takes both in and out of the water!
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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):
A P.L.A.Y. Nature Activity Story Book
by Karen L. Willard
Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!