The Midwife Toad
The midwife toad leaves the birthing of the eggs to the male. He carries the eggs tied around his hind legs until they are ready to hatch.
The midwife toad is a poisonous frog that can be found in Spain, France and Belgium. The midwife toad acquired its name due to breeding habits. The male wraps the eggs behind his hind legs until the tadpoles are ready to hatch.
These toads make their homes in small burrows or holes in the ground or deserted burrows. It stays inside its burrow for the day, and comes out at night for hunting. He is a solitary animal, until breeding season.
The toad eats small insects that he catches with his long, sticky tongue. He hunts at night and has a ringing sound as his call. The midwife toad has warts on his back, the warts give off a poisonous liquid, then when eaten or touched can be deadly.
The male and female midwife toad come together from April to November. The toads will mate with several partners. When the male and female come together to mate, the male stimulates the female. She will then lay several clusters, of about sixty eggs each. The male will then fertilize the eggs and wrap the clusters around his hind legs. As he mates with different females, he will gather all the eggs and carry them around the hind legs. His job is to keep the embryos moist as they feed on the egg yolk. The male toad carries the eggs for about four months. When the tadpoles are ready to hatch, he lowers them into a pool of water, and the tadpoles hatch. The tadpoles do not have poisonous warts, so they can very easily fall prey to fish and insects. It will take a total of eight months for metamorphosis from tadpole to toad. The midwife toad reaches sexual maturity at about 18 months old.
Man has destroyed the Midwife Toad's habitats and ponds. They are not endangered, but if their habitats are destroyed, they will be extinct in the future.