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Hi everyone. I’ve been going over the results of my American Toad Longevity Survey, which has received 105 results. It’s a lot of work compiling the answers into useable information. For now I wanted to talk about some information that’s commonly cited in regards to American toads in captivity, and that’s the claim that there was once a toad that lived to be 36 years old before passing away due to a caretaker’s mistake.

The origin of this claim comes from Mary C. Dickerson’s 1906 book “The Frog Book: North American Toads And Frogs With A Study Of The Habits And Life Histories Of Those Of The Northeastern States.” Whew! 

Mary Cynthia Dickerson lived from 1855 to 1923. She was the very first curator of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History. She edited the American Museum Journal [later renamed Natural History] for ten years, and published two books, The Frog Book mentioned above as well as a book on moths and butterflies. She was an extremely cool person who deserves her own post, and her love of frogs shines through with her every word.

However, the statistic mentioned above- about an American toad living to be 36- comes from a single line in her book, on page 73, paragraph 1:

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You can read the whole book here: https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Frog_Book/XxxAAQAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1

That’s it. One sentence, and the “authentic record” isn’t cited or indicated anywhere in the book.

Is it impossible for a toad to live this long? Well, there are many personal and anecdotal accounts of frogs and toads living into the double digits. However, the oldest North American toad mentioned in my survey- which received 105 results- lived to be 13. 

So, in my opinion, the commonly cited statistic of an American toad living to be 36 is an exaggeration. However this doesn’t mean we can’t strive to give our toads long and healthy lives.

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@pleasespellchimerical submitted: SNAIL TRAIL. Maine.

Making their way downtown~

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@pleasespellchimerical submitted: Honeybee on a sunflower :)

Is it a honeybee? The shape doesn’t look quite right. Although I can see they do have some ENORMOUS pollen baskets happening. Good for them.

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Cherry Blossom River via @gifophunia. Follow, like and reblog!

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Anyone wanna enjoy the pictures I took of my baby ferret ? 🥺

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The sunset colors the sky over the salt marsh, looking out from inside Fort McAllister State Park near of Richmond Hill, Georgia. [2617x1729] [OC]

📷: jamesgblanton

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Lorsqu’un chien marche dans la neige, sa chaleur corporelle fait fondre la neige et mouille les poils. Ils regèlent ensuite et l'amas de glace produit rend la marche inconfortable.Ces petites boules de glace écartent les orteils et occasionnent des déchirures de la peau qui peuvent facilement s’infecter. En essayant de les enlever lui-même, sa peau ayant gelée, un chien ne se rend pas compte qu’il la déchire ou la lacère en même temps. Cela vaut aussi pour les plaques gelées sur la neige ou le calcium dans nos rues.

Un truc de professionnel

Pour protéger les pattes de leur chien lors de courses de traîneaux, certains mushers utilisent le truc suivant : ils appliquent un mélange de glycérine et de vaseline (une part de glycérine pour trois parts de vaseline) entre les orteils et les coussinets. La vaseline fait glisser les mottes de neige et la glycérine empêche la vaseline de geler. L’opération est à répéter au bout de quelques heures de promenade…

Vous pouvez employer du beurre de karité ou du Bag Balm également.

Après une balade, rincez les pattes de votre chien à l'eau tiède ou froide, mais surtout pas chaude, car les coussinets gelés pourraient alors devenir très douloureux. Pensez à vérifier l'état de leurs coussinets régulièrement. Bon hiver!

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Nine years ago today I got my turtle, his names Tuck
Source:https://ift.tt/2Y1qeGH

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