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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2011
8:58 AM

Post #8617765

My resident hosta protector has been putting on some weight this year. He has been living in my garden for a few years now and has grown considerably. He posed for me under a leaf of Azure Snow with Dragon Tails behind him.

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killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8617786

Gorgeous! His cousins take care of mine. I don't think I've seen any slug damage on any of my hostas for years. Fortunately I have toads all over the place.
Do you know if skinks and garter snakes eat slugs? I have those also.
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8617968

Skinks are generally carnivorous and largely eat insects, including crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars. They also eat earthworms, millipedes, snails, slugs, isopods, other lizards, and small rodents. Some species, particularly those favored as home pets, have a more varied diet and can be maintained on a regimen of roughly 60% vegetables/leaves/fruit and 40% meat (insects and rodents).

Garter snakes will eat close to everything that they are able to overpower. Cold blooded animals such as frogs, toads or earthworms are some of what garter snakes eat. They also consume slugs, leeches, lizards, insects such as spiders, rodents, amphibians, insects and birds.
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8618121

Cool. Thanks for the info. I think I have a well-balanced army of slug eaters. :-D

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8618227

I'm jealous. I live only a couple of blocks from a major river with woodlands all along it. I think these critters consider more desirable than my yard. Haven't seen frogs or toads in years.
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8618265

Some people buy toad houses to attract them or you can make them by stacking stones into a little shelter. My toad uses holes where I have flagstone stacked. I did some reading today to see what kind of toad it is and what it's habitat should have. This is an Eastern American Toad. They need a pool of water to be able to breed in so I am going to put in a little swimming pool for him and hopefully he has a girlfriend so they can make some tadpoles. I'll use a small water pump and a frog spitter on it for a little circulation. If I used the big water pump and bell fountain heads it might be too much current for the toad/eggs/tadpoles. I am miles from the river and there are no creeks or woods nearby.
hostages
Wyoming, MN

June 10, 2011
4:45 AM

Post #8621676

I live near a lake with a small pond between the lake and me. I have so many toads each year that I do not get any damage associated with slugs. I get my share of damage from acorns and twigs. Last two years lots of acorns it may be the year for lower prductivity. Suppposedly oaks have peak production of acorns in 5 yr cycles.
beaux
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8622460

I am going to build some toad houses! Build it and they will come?
franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8625785

Here is what I put in for the toads. It took about 8 hours to dig the hole for the pond because of the Silver Maple tree roots and about 5 hours to plant the 15 varieties of hosta. American Sweetheart, Golden Scepter(temp filler), Ultramarine, Golden Tiara(temp filler), Earth Angel, Gemstone, Sparkling Burgundy, Yin, Spartan Arrow, Cat's Eyes, Praying Hands, Little Bo Peep, Chirp, Lakeside Zinger & Blue Mouse Ears Supreme.

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franknjim
Peoria, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8625786

Another shot.

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virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8625954

Love it !
beaux
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8626382

That is fantastic! Love the frog fountain...so cool!!
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 12, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8626398

That looks wonderful, Frank.

ViolaAnn

ViolaAnn
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8626462

I like it too!
nhuntley
Holladay, UT
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8647737

Wow! What an awesome idea! I had no idea that toads ate slugs, and with two dogs I'm really afraid to use any kind of slug or snail bait. My flower beds are all fenced in with rabbit fence to keep the puppy out of the flowers, and I wonder if I could contain a toad on the flower bed side of the fence since there is a wood fence on the back side of the flower beds? Even with the fence up I'm afraid to put bait on the ground. The pup can easily jump it, but she hasn't thought to do that, and the bait has a scent to it that I think would attract her. I grew up with a huge pond in the backyard that was full of bullfrogs, and I've really missed having frogs around. I know a toad isn't a frog, but they look the same!

Natalie
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

June 22, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8647774

My ode to Thamnophis - written after I didn't dare take time to leave and get a camera


the day was hot
the sweat did pour
i pulled at weeds
i do abhor

i sought some shade
my skin to cool
and there you were
you were no fool

but i had entered
your domain
your meal engulfed
you made your claim

i watched your eyes
your checkered back
i marveled at
the fear you lack

you watched me
you didn't dash
you worked it down
that slippery stash

but once you finished
your delight
you slipped completely
outta sight

there's one less slug
and one fat snake
a Kodak moment
this did make!!!

Vicki DeBoer 6/29/98
nhuntley
Holladay, UT
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2011
5:18 PM

Post #8647794

Vicki, that was perfect! Thanks for sharing it!
killdawabbit
Christiana, TN
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2011
11:54 PM

Post #8648295

Haha...good one!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2011
1:54 AM

Post #8648338

That is one handsome dude.

virginiarose

virginiarose
Southeast, VA
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8649768

Love those Kodak Moments !

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