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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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The USFWS Recovery Plan (1999b) for the arroyo toad provided supporting details of occupied areas (e.
The Amargosa toad was first petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act in 1994 due to threats which included invasive species, habitat loss, vegetation encroachment and ground water pumping.
That's the largest toad-crusher I've heard of, but there've been more than a few in the 10-pound-plus range caught on toads, as well.
Hastings says that Toad - particularly when led away in shackles - reminds him of former politician Jeffrey Archer who was jailed more than a decade ago for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
There would also be no point in one toad sitting in one pond on its own, so mass migrations make sense from a breeding point of view.
The common toad - an amphibian with warty skin and waddling gait - is thought to be experiencing declines across the UK In some cases it's caused by the effect of road traffic as toads travel slowly back to the same breeding ponds, often used for generations.
One reason the rainbow toad stayed "lost" for so long is that researchers weren't looking in the right place.
In 2010, the Conservational International listed the toad as one of the "world's top 10 most wanted frogs" as a part of its
In an effort to keep the boreal toad from going the way of so many others, the USGS has been working to understand all aspects of the fungus and its impact on the toads.
NATURE-LOVERS have been asked to watch out for toads crossing roads in Carmarthenshire to help identify sites for "migratory crossings".
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.
The Green Toad System (QVC Item #V30066) is scheduled to air during QVC's (Fall Clean Up with Dave James) broadcast at (7:00am EDT).
Accompanied with an easy to perform Toad Lullaby with a wooden toad "croaker" rhythm instrument, "Toads" is a first class environmental education, literature, and musical entertainment/participation package for parents and teachers of preschoolers and young children.
Other environmental changes that affect toad behaviour, including lunar phases and changing weather conditions were accounted for.
Summary: When the enemy reached Australia's largest state last year, the Kimberley Toad Busters knew the battle was on.