This fellow showed up for a couple days, a few years ago. It stood by the edge of the pond, gobbling up my toads, then it left.

I don't know what it was but it ate a lot of my frog collection.

I don’t know what it was but it ate a lot of my frog collection.

Thanks to this post over at Affinity I learn that this may have been a Great Blue Snacker.


  1. says

    What a beauty! That’s a fab capture, too. I rarely see them, and when I do, they aren’t terribly fond of humans shoving a camera at them. Years ago, I got some bad photos of one.

  2. says

    Caine@#3: My camera’s got a good frame-rate on rapid fire, and I generally shoot auto-everything unless I’m in the studio. So it came out pretty well. That’s maximum resolution, cropped down.
    As you can see, he was going “camera boy! I am leaving!”

  3. Rob says

    Your toads? [peers over glasses] Taking them with you when you leave? We are but custodians of the wildlife on this planet Marcus. Neat photo btw.

  4. says

    Your toads?

    (thinks really hard, then pulls the “bullshit” lever)

    I am their guardian archon! I protect their abode and (generally) keep ATVs from squishing them, and rescue them from lawn mowers. After 10 years of rescuing them, there probably isn’t a toad on this property that isn’t descended from one that owes its life to me!

  5. Raucous Indignation says

    As I said over at Affinity, I’ve seen them opportunistically feed on small lizards on the lawn and patio of a Florida home. Majestic critters, they are quite tall in the flesh in person. Mostly eat fish, but they’ll take a chance at anything small enough to swallow whole.