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Posted by amcbride on September 24, 2002 at 08:49:48:
At the pet shop recently, a toad was in a horribly small glass tank and was throwing himself into the glass and lid, his nose getting more smashed each time. I went ahead and bought the poor thing, (all of us in line were on verge of tears!), and set him up in a huge mesh cage that I raise praying mantis in (have moved the mantids elsewhere now).
I live in Cleveland, (he's a Texas Toad), and due to climate will keep him indoors. A few questions:
1) Is sand or sand/dirt mix appropriate for his cage? If so, how deep?
2) Other than maybe crickets/flies/mealy worms, what else would be good for him? How much should he be fed daily (ie, 20 mealy worms for instance, more?)
3) Should I set up some sort of heating system for him (heated rock or the such? If so, should it be on round the clock?
4) Will he primarily burrow during the day, and only eat at night?
5) Will he hibernate at all during the winter or other season?
I'm at a loss of how to care for him, and have searched the internet a lot on this particular type. Last night finally he wolfed down a lot of mealy worms - I don't think he'd eaten but a couple flies since I got him about 3 wks ago.
Thanks for any advice at all, and/or other tips you can provide.