Totem of the day is Toad! Take time to look back and discuss some emotional issues from your past in order to work through them. This may include an uncomfortable personal change in which you may feel unsettled, however, this will end in a stronger, new you. It will be important to tap into your primal core to draw strength forth and to spend time in solitude to contemplate these spiritual and emotional aspects of yourself. Remember that you have the skills, knowledge, and inner strength to get through the coming time. The Toad spirit guide is known for it's connection to guidance, doing the right thing, patience, and taking action. Toad is a reminder that even when luck is turning your way, you must also work hard to bring it to fruition. In China, Toad was a sign of good fortune and rejuvenation. This coincided with the Egyptian beliefs that Toad was a sign of frutfulness, prosperity, and new life. The Egyptian God that signified fertility was a toad headed figure named Heget. Those in Scotland also saw the Toad as a sign of good luck. Toad reminds us to look within ourselves to grow, even if this includes doing things we may not like. Don't fear and don't doubt yourself. Use the skills you have to work hard to your goals in order to help good fortune come to you. Be patience and persistent. People who connect with toad take time to build up trust with pewople they have just met and can often be shy or secretive. These individuals prefer spending time in solitude and possess inner strength and resources enabling them to help solve many problems.
Toad, Bufo Bufo, are carnivorous amphibians that are actually a specialized form of certain frogs and are related to salamanders and ceacilians. Ceacillians are actually legless amphibians found in tropical regions. Toads and frogs have no real distinction according to scientific taxonomy, however, they have specific differences. Especially when looking at toads who are members of the Bufonidae family which includes around 580 species. Toads can be found throughout the world except for Antarctica. They prefer moist, open habitats such as grasslands or fields without the need for the more semi-aquatic lifestyle like frogs. Toads possess a dry skin speckled with bumps called warts and crests that run behind their eyes. They also possess parotoid glands that secrete a poisonous substance called bufotoxin. This causes death in small animals while only causing allergic reactions in humans. The size of toads can vary from the largest specimen of a Cane Toad reaching up to 9 inches in length to the smallest North American toad called the Oak Toad which only grows to just under an inch and a half in length. Most species only live to between 5 and 10 years, however, some species such as the Common Toad can live up to 40 years. The diet of a toad consists of mainly insects and arthropods, however, they are known to eat small mammals, reptiles, and even other amphibians. Toads will generally eat anything they can fit in their mouth. Unlike frogs, they do not possess teeth and do not throw their tongue out so they must snatch and swallow their prey whole. A toads throat is able to swell in order to take in larger foods as well as create their loud, iconic bellows. Each species of toad has a unique call used to warn away males from territories or to attract a mate. Generally solitary creatures, Toads will come together in large groups near water sources in order to breed. Females will laid eggs in long gelatinous strings in the water which will hatch into tadpoles. These tadpoles are on their own in the waters to grow for a few months before undergowing stages of metamorphose into small toads. The tiny toads will leave the water and remain on the dry land for the rest of their lives.