Toad-in-the-hole

I knew that toad-in-the-hole was an English dish made of Yorkshire pudding with sausages stuck in as it baked, but I didn’t know that our garden toads made themselves similar holes. I probably should have, but that one escaped me until I saw this one.

The hole was just big enough for the toad to fit, with a small space around it. I don’t know how the roof stayed up, because our soil is very sandy so I would have expected it to collapse.

The camouflage is good, too. The toads in my garden do have different shades of brown/green, depending on soil colour or if the soil is hidden by short plants.

Toad in the hole
Toad in the hole

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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