Toad Licker

Toad Licker

I love frogs, of all shapes and sizes. Since I was little I have always had an attraction to these amphibious slimy creatures. In high school I was given the cutest lime-green Indonesian tree frog. It was the best behaved pet anyone could have. His living quarters was my tub and often at night he would venture out into the restroom area. In the morning I would find him dried up and stuck to the wall tile in his attempt to get back into his fresh cool pool of water. One sad day, my mother gave me the news that Keroppi (the frog) had made his way up around and into the toilet bowl-and down he went. Now that just did not seem like my Keroppi. I still, to this day, think he mysteriously was "taken" elsewhere. However, my love for these creatures has continued.

Down in the Amazon basin we are blessed to see all sorts of frogs and toads, some more slimy and warty than others. We have a wonderful guard dog by the name of "Sucia." Her name means dirty, this being, she lives up to that name. Sucia is an addict. Without fail, every night she is tracking down toads, specifically, the giant Cane Toad. The average person would be slightly frightened of these large amphibians. To me they are just another squishy friend.  

Sucia's job is to hunt down the largest toad she can find and with her nose poke and prod till it secretes milky poison form its large glands. She then licks and continues poking at the poor toad who is desperately trying to hop away. After she has pestered it to her liking, she then begins to foam at the mouth. The drool and froth coming from her mouth make her seem as though she has rabies. If it was not for her stupor and staggered gait, one would think she was a rabid animal. Her eyes glaze over and she stares off into the sky, sometimes digging ferociously at the cement. The effects of her toad licking only last a few minutes. It's amusing to see the interaction between dog and toad. We are currently looking for a toad rehab center for Sucia so she can confront her addiction. It appears that addictions come in all forms and to all creatures.