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40 year old toad

Observed: 2nd July 2010 By: Masked Marvel
The British Herpetological Society
Amphibians and Reptiles expert
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Last year I was fortunate to meet the famous 40 year old toad that was in the papers recently.

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Manga Waggott's picture

How do you the age of a toad

How do you know the age of a toad and what is the normal life span of a toad? Myself never thought about it. I am going to google about it but it is nice you share about this toad, where you met him etc, if possible.

mangaw

jja28's picture

Toads

We get lots of these near where I live in the Yorkshire Dales. Many live in dry stone walls and they appear at night especially when it is wet. I once counted 13 in about 100 yards when I let my dog out last thing at night.

Jerry

the naturalist man's picture

40 year old toad

This toad was given to a woman in Hull as a present 38 years ago when it was already an adult. Strange present I know, but it was to control pests. She has seen the same toad every year since - hence it must be at least 40 years old as they take two-three years to reach maturity.

The majority of toads will not reach maturity, but if the do they normally live an average of 10 years or so; in captivity they can live up to 50 years.

This toad shot to fame (at least in Yorkshire!) when during a study of amphibians in Hull Sal Hobbs, an OPAL scientist working in the University of Hull came across the story.

Graham Banwell

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