How to build a toad house

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How to build a toad house
A toad house provides a safe habitat for local toads. (Getty Creative)

Toads love to rest in dark, safe places close to the earth. You can build a toad house for next to nothing in your garden or yard. All you need is a little time and some household items. Your garden will be filled with toad song and the toads will also help kill unwanted insects. If you give them plenty of space at first, eventually they will let you gently handle them. Choose a cool, shady, damp area of your garden to build your toad house.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Trowel
  • Damp dead leaves or bark
  • Several pieces of wood
  • Large rocks or bricks
  • Soil

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    Building on soil

  1. 1

    Dig a burrow 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) wide and 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches) deep.

  2. 2

    Line the burrow with dead, damp leaves or bark.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of wood over the top of the burrow to form a roof.

    Building on stone

  1. 1

    Place bricks or stones in a tube shape on the surface of the stone leaving openings big enough for your toads to fit inside. The toad's living space should be twice as big as the toad.

  2. 2

    Line the bottom with soil and dead, damp leaves.

  3. 3

    Place a stone or bricks on top of the toad house.

    Building on other hard surfaces

  1. 1

    Place wood in a tube shape large enough for the toad to fit inside.

  2. 2

    Line the bottom with soil and dead, damp leaves.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of wood on top of the house.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure your toad house has two exits so that toads can escape predators.
  • Keep a shallow pool 13 to 25mm (1/2 to 1 inch) deep nearby so the toad can soak.
  • When sizing your toad house, investigate what kinds of toads live in your area. Keep in mind that female toads are larger than males.

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