Toads on the road

It’s that time of year again when Western Leopard Toads (WLT), Amietophrynus pantherinus, are crossing roads to get to water and lay their eggs. Toad volunteers are asking drivers to be careful using the valley’s unlit roads as it is inevitable that frogs and toads are picked up in car headlights, especially on rainy nights. Bergvliet ecologist and a member of the WLT task team, Dr Tony Rebelo asks residents to upload pictures of toads to www.ispot.org as each has unique back patterns. “Like fingerprints, and these pictures will be used by scientists to measure how far toads move, how long they live for and where your nearest breeding pond is,” said Dr Rebelo. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call Susan Wishart on 083 441 4740.