Have you met our American toad (Bufo americanus) yet? This toad is about four months old and growing fast! We acquired it to help us teach about amphibians. A female American toad can lay up to 500 eggs every spring which means that there are a lot of toads hopping around in summer but many of them will not survive their first winter. We were given special permission from the DEC to keep the toad, and all of our animals, as a way to teach people. All native species of reptiles and amphibians are protected in New York State and you should never keep one as a pet without a license. We feed the toad crickets and sometimes mealworms. In the wild, American toads will eat many things including different types of insects, earthworms, slugs, and snails. Look at how fast it catches this cricket!