While exploring in his grandmother's backyard (yes they have a putting green in their back yard) one evening Cyrus had an exciting discovery.
"there is something moving outside!!!"
He yelled as he came running in.
"its moving like this"
he tried to demonstrate with his frantic hands.
"I've never seen anything like it!!!"
If you live in the desert, and the sun is going down, and if you have a boy who is VERY excited about finding a new type of creature, you go running with him.
(ok, taratulas are harmless, but still)
Much to my delight, he had found Toads. The American Spadefoot was grandma's guess. (I do have photos of her checking the little guys for clues, but the toads look like they think she is rather unpleasant, so I don't want to post them) She sat down and talked with my babies about the Toad's type of habitat, their feet that gives them their name, what they eat, and when they usually come out. What a fantastic lesson!
Squeals of laughter, in a world of magic. There were six of them. Six of the most loved wild toads in this region I would bet. I would like to thank my mother in law for being so well versed in Arizona reptiles, and I would like to thank those 6 little toads for bringing such joy to our day.