This one is only half grown but is big enough to be a
real threat, not only to our little dog, should she decide to ‘have a go’ at it or play with at it, but to any native animal who might consider a frog as a tasty meal.
You can see the protruding parotid glands, behind the
toad’s ears. These are the glands that express poison when attacked. It is used by the toad as defense and is a very dangerous toxin, affecting the heart of the unsuspecting predator.
The effect on humans is not deadly but can cause nasty burning and skin irritation.
This particular toad is now asleep in the fridge. Soon he/she will be promoted to the freezer section.