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Common Toad

Observed: 9th August 2013 By: david1973
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

Noticed nostrils,I'm not sure what causes this problem ?

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Nostrils

The enlarged nostrils are a result of infection by the larvae of the toad fly Lucilia bufonivora, a parasitic blow fly. The adult lays eggs on the nose and when the larvae hatch out they eat the toad's head from the inside out starting with the nose and ending with the brain.

there are a few more observations of toads with this infection on ispot.

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Re; toad fly Lucilia bufonivora

Thank you,

it's the first time I have come across this, not a pleasant experience for the toad.

Kind Regards

David