Warning - this is not a pretty picture post!
Isn't this one of the ugliest things you've ever seen?
Did you hear me scream the other morning when I accidentally trod on him?!
Yes, I'm still here to tell the tale..a bit shaken, but still here!
Let me share -
We had a pretty wet last weekend with lashing rain and not owning a tumble dryer I was getting quite desperate to dry my washing. The next day, having spotted some blue sky I quickly ventured outside to hang things on the clothes line. I had used up all the space on my usual line and decided to use the second one...
Whenever I use this second line I always take a quick glance around. I have spotted a large blue tongue lizard in this part of the garden before and the cats have caught a couple of little snakes there and the rustling of the plants usually gives you a clue that there is something lurking or slithering...
Anyhow, in my rush to dry the clothes I didn't think of checking...and a few minutes later this thing moved by my feet!
I jumped a mile, but in my panic instead of jumping away from the thing, I jumped onto the thing!!
I seemed to be stuck and I just kept on lifting my feet as if I was jogging on the spot! I think the toad was totally confused too as he didn't appear in too much of a rush to get away either. We both just kept on dancing around, narrowly avoiding each other...
So can you picture the scene? -
I'm doing this hopping thing chanting "urgh,urgh,urgh!" over and over again...
I couldn't stop hopping...and chanting!
I have seen these toads before - we had one that got stuck in the base of the netball hoop some months ago (link to post here) and each time I see them I realise how revolting they are.
Their skin is toxic and this can kill a small cat or dog, so they are also pretty dangerous.
I wasn't taking any chances so after disinfecting my feet I found my wellies (gum boots) ready to go and continue with hanging out the clothes!
Oh the joys of sub-tropical Queensland.