Natterjacktoad's picture


Observed: 5th September 2011 By: Natterjacktoad
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
Natterjacktoad’s reputation in Amphibians and ReptilesNatterjacktoad’s reputation in Amphibians and Reptiles

Are his nostrils a bit large?!

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corylus's picture

Looks like a rather nasty injury or disease

but it looks it's doing ok.

Hazel Trevan

Fenwickfield's picture


About to say the same.


Masked Marvel's picture

Very unpleasant death...

Unfortunately it is infected with toad fly Lucilia bufonivora, a parasitic blow fly. The adult lays eggs on the nose and when the larvae hatch out they basically eat the toad's head from the inside out starting with the nose and ending with the brain. Not very pleasant...

Fenwickfield's picture


I wish you had not shared that information,how horrible.Would it be kinder to take it to a vet and have it put to sleep humanly or is that messing with nature.I suppose we have learnt something is it a common problem.


Natterjacktoad's picture

It certainly would be

It certainly would be interfering with the natural cycle of things! Why has the fly any less right to breed and survive than the toad?

Sarah Patton

anonymous spotter's picture

They don't always die -

I have found a few toads (including a Natterjack at a re-introduction site) that had lost an eye, which I was told is often the result of this infestation. They were all active and seemed otherwise OK.

Masked Marvel's picture

Infection rates vary

I don't think it's that common in the UK but can be a lot more on the continent. It usually is fatal but it can take a very long time. The wounds caused also leave the toad vulnerable to secondary infections.