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American Toad Eggs and Eastern Newts

Given the number of predators that eat American toad eggs, it’s not surprising that female American toads each lay between 4,000 and 12,000 eggs. Even though toads often avoid breeding in fish-inhabited ponds, there are plenty of other egg-eating creatures, including eastern newts. If you live near a pond where you’ve heard toads trilling recently, look for their three-foot-long double strings of eggs in shallow water, intertwined in vegetation. Chances are great that you will find something dining on them.

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