Toad Love


Geocaching in the little nature preserve at Lake Kyrksjön in the western burbs of Stockholm, I came across this passionate couple. Every spring there are wild toad orgies in the wetlands around here. The males sing madly for days, mounting and clinging to anything vaguely like a female — including human hands. The females are much larger and may be seen crawling along doggedly with up to three sex-crazed males hanging onto them. A funny thing about the toads is that they live through this intense springtime awakening with the same grumpy deadpan facial expression as always.


  1. #1 Merle Insinga
    April 6, 2007

    Wow! Swedish toads are early starters! American toads, at least here in New England, don’t begin to think fond thoughts for at least another month!