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Fully grown Toads can be as large as 18 cm (7"). Skin varies from green to brown in colour and is very warty.
When threatend their skin can secrete a nasty tasting toxin which can deter many predators, but hedgehogs and grass snakes seem to be immune.
Adults live mainly on land hunting at night with sticky tongues for insects, spiders slugs and worms, larger individuals may take small snakes or mice.
Like frogs they return to water to mate.
You can tell Toadspawn from Frogspawn as toads lay long strings of eggs which are easily distinguishable from the large clumps of frog spawn.