What Do Toads Eat?

Photo: Tristan Loper / Flickr
Photo: Tristan Loper / Flickr

Toads eat insects, snails, slugs, beetles, earthworms and other invertebrate animals. Toads vary their approach to eating depending on the species with American toads using their tongues to catch their prey and other toad species choosing to pounce on their food.

Humans benefit from toads because they eat many pests. When toads need to drink, they soak in water through their skin. Before the toads become “toads,” they are tadpoles. Tadpoles eat an entirely different diet and are herbivores exclusively. They eat a diet of algae. The toad is also prey for other animals. Its primary predator is the snake, however, hawks and raccoons also love to eat toads.

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