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a (real) toad-choker

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-choker out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-choker like this!

a (real) toad-strangler

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-strangler out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-strangler like this!

biggest frog in the puddle

 and biggest toad in the puddle
Prov. The most important or powerful person in some small, unimportant group. Jill: Elaine seems to be obsessed with becoming class president. Jane: Yes, she really wants to be the biggest frog in the puddle. The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.
See also: big, frog, puddle

*ugly as a toad

[of a living creature] very ugly. (*Also:as ~.) Maria may be a beautiful woman, but when she was a child she was as ugly as a toad. The shopkeeper was ugly as a toad, but he was kind and generous, and everyone loved him.
See also: toad, ugly
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Although we are not aware of any validated reports of arroyo toads from Coyote Creek, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, the riparian habitat is similar (e.
Toads require relatively open water that persists long enough for the tadpoles to metamorphose into toadlets and leave the water.
Some would think that a toad would be a similar squatty amphibian-type bait.
We want to hear from people with an interest in helping toads over the next few weeks.
With only a decades-old artist's sketch to guide them, they're trying to find a lost biological treasure: the Borneo rainbow toad, last seen 87 years ago.
The Bornean Rainbow Toad, which has eluded scientists for many years, recently showed its color for the time in Malaysia.
To report possible migration sites for toads in Carmarthenshire contact Isabel Macho on 01267 224653 or IMacho@carmarthenshire.
People saw these ugly creatures moving across tropical Australia and common sense said there was going to be a huge disaster," says Richard Shine, an invasive species researcher at the University of Sydney, who has reviewed various studies on the impact of cane toads.
celebensis had as few as one-third the invasive ants found on plots where fencing kept toads out, Wanger and his colleagues report in a paper released online September 8 in Proceedings of the Boyal Society B.
The number of paired toads at the breeding site also dropped to zero three days before the earthquake.
Should the tests prove the toads are suffering, the carbon dioxide option could be banned across Western Australia.
EAGER youngsters hopped along to a Guisborough walkway to track down frogs and toads.
Vern Veitch, a councilor of Townsville City in the northern state of Queensland, was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying as many as 5,000 of the toads, which he called ''bloody mongrel pests,'' were captured in Townsville alone.