“Sneaky” The Colorado River Toad…

by | Aug 29, 2023

AKA Sonoran Desert Toad


“The Colorado River Toad (Incilius alvarius), also known as the Sonoran Desert toad, is a toad species found in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is well known for its ability to exude toxins from glands within its skin that have psychoactive properties.”


Pets beware of toxins! For humans, the toxin is an illegal psycoactive substance for those inclined to experiment. I’ll stick to my THC Tincture.

My 1st encounter

“Sneaky” was sitting on top of a stack of tiles in the corner of our garage when I noticed his/her presence. My guess is Sneaky found his way into the garage last night as we left the door open after dark. These toads come out at night mostly to eat and stay cooler.

The Monsoons bring on the mating season for this particular desert toad. Though, so far this year the Monsoons have eluded us. Maybe Sneaky was looking for a water source without success.

At first I thought Sneaky was a lizard. The garage is a popular hang out for lizards. I wasn’t expecting a toad by a long shot. After I put my gloves on and approached Sneaky, he sat there as if to say, “save me!” It was easy to pick him up without any objection.


While observing Sneaky’s mild mannered behavior, I looked around for a good spot to let him loose again in his comfort zone. After a little while Sneaky was on his way to the nearest shade bush.

There are plenty of drip lines to keep the bushes green during the hot months. If my new toad friend is smart enough, and I think he is, there will be a cool damp spot to set of shop. When the water comes on at night he’ll be right at home.

Maybe Sneaky will pop out of his home again for a visit, now that we are friends.

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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