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The Whitehurst Diaries: Encounter with Mrs. Eastern American Toad
She was at first the subject of cat pride dalliance; then kindly study by nature photographer, then, disconcerted by the rustling leaves, she said "Phhht!," alerting the naturalist that toads are not, as she'd supposed, a mute species
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By Sharon Whitehurst
As Jim and I finished breakfast this morning we noticed that several of our house cats were congregated at the edge of their playyard fence peering intently into the grass.
As we watched, tentative paws poked through the mesh and stirred in the drift of leaves which have already fallen from the water maple.
Always skittish about the possibility of a lurking snake, I sent Jim out to investigate.
"It's a toad, " he said, shooing the cats to the other side of their yard.
Perhaps I disconcerted the creature by rustling the leaves, for it poked its head forward and made a sudden sound, "Phhhtt!" A sound between a hiss and a spit. I had supposed toads to be mute!
I think this is the Eastern American Toad and likely a female. -Sharon Whitehurst
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