How to Care for Your New Chaco Toad*
Aqualand's inside scoop on this chubby toad, Bufo whatever
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Young Chaco toad about half hand size.
No Info:* Whassup www? When I googled, jeeved, lycosed, and msned the www, all I got back was my own web pages where I had published pictures of Chaco toads. Perhaps there is no such critter? Perhaps somebody named Chaco found these guys in his backyard? Perhaps this chubby toad exists under a different name? Who knows (besides the Shadow, of course)? “Chaco” refers more to women’s footwear than it does to toads. There is a Chaco frog -- not the same critter.
Origin:* Not a clue. We got our first Chaco toad out of Chicago. Seems like a very pricey toad to be a native of Illinois. And other price lists include them also. So, it is very unlikely that Chacos come from Chicago. Maybe a misspelling of Chicago? We need to explore all possibilities.
Description: The Chaco toad looks a lot like a standard USA toad. When you pick him up, he swells up like an American toad. He also “squirts” like an American toad. He eats like an American toad. And he squishes down into his substrate when thinking like an American toad.
Evasive: Chaco toads do not like you or anyone else to pick them up. When you mess around in their cage, they put their heads down, puff up, and rear their back legs up -- like they try to stand on their heads. They’ll back their butts high up against the back wall of their cage.
Provide Some Decor: You can successfully keep your Chaco toad in a bare tank. But he sure looks better when you decorate. Do not expect much decorating help from your toad. Toads are well known for their poor taste. Your attempts to decorate his cage seem to improve his attitude. However, Chaco toads rarely smile.
Not Good Mixers: Toads eat nearly anything smaller than them that moves. Chaco toads are no exception. He would probably spit out the above tiger salamander due to its nasty skin toxins. Betcha Mr. toad would not give an anole a free pass.
Favorite Food: Bugs hit the spot with our Chaco toads. The big Chacos can inhale several -- so fast it surprises you -- too fast to catch on camera. Maybe the photographer needs steroids? The smart roaches run toward him. He catches the ones that try to run away. The sneaky ones survive by crawling under him. But even this does not make him smile.
Last Words: No one ever said Chaco toads (or any other toads) were smart. They are chubby and usually hungry. Their bumpy skin would probably give you a “buzz” like the marine toad does. And he probably tastes just as nasty. You rarely see toads on restaurant menus. The only thing that likes to eat toads are the opisthoglyphous hognose snakes. They have special teeth that let the air out of toads to make them more swallowable. Hognose snakes grow wild in Iowa, so we are prohibited by law from collecting them. But we seem to have digressed. Like other toads, the Chaco toad is very easy to keep and may be a bit cute in an ugly sort of way. LA
publishing this page on the web, I found out these
dudes are also called roccoco toads. From there, we found the name Bufo
paracmensis, also rococo, cururú, and Paraguayan giant toad. It
seems they come from the Chaco region in Paraguay -- thus the Chaco toad
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