Take my toad. Please.

February 4th, 2009

You wouldn’t expect me to keep this at all, much less for the 5 years I’ve hung onto it. But there are memories attached–from a trip that I took with my son to Australia.

I don’t remember what kind of toad this is, but they’re native to Australia. One night, I almost jumped out of my skin when one of them jumped right in front of me. 
This is not THAT toad—I ran away faster than he did. This is one of his cousins—slightly altered with a zipper in the back to make a little change purse.  

I admit this is a really odd souvenir. But you know how teenage boys are. My son was 15 at the time. And he tried really hard to talk me out of buying this.


If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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  1. February 4th, 2009 at 12:09 | #1


    I think this is the best item yet! If no one else wants it, I would love the toad change purse. I’ve been looking for something to replace my wallet… :)



  2. February 4th, 2009 at 12:25 | #2

    It’s a cane toad, an introduced species that’s taking over and destroying our ecology wherever it spreads. Thank you for boosting the Australian economy at the same time as removing one more of these pests. I can see why you’d want to get rid of it. :)


  3. Brenda Miles
    February 4th, 2009 at 20:14 | #3

    It takes a lot of guts for a guy to use this as a wallet. Go Matt!


  4. February 4th, 2009 at 20:25 | #4

    Hi Darryle, I would love this. I have a frog and I suppose a toad collection. I am not sure which one is which. For some reason I started collecting them. I find them adorable and they fit in nicely with my love for fairies. You know the beautiful pictures with the little fairies dancing in the sparkling moonlight with frogs and toadstools all around? Maybe it was the wonderful fairy tales my mother read to me as a child. I would consider it an honor to receive it. I would put it alongside my frog trio. They are actual stuffed and varnished frogs playing various instruments that I bought at an antique store. Thank you and also thank you for your wonderful and inspiring stories, Mary


  5. terri
    February 4th, 2009 at 21:26 | #5

    I’d love to see this coin purse dangling out of Matt’s back pocket. Yeah, go Matt, I vote for Matt ot have it.

    Then send a picture of how it looks in your back pocket everyday! I can imagine all the funny looks from strangers as you walk along anywhere!


  6. February 5th, 2009 at 19:46 | #6

    Thanks for all the support! I promise to send pictures Terri :)


  7. Linda A Brown
    February 7th, 2009 at 20:24 | #7

    Just where can we find Matt, with the toad change purse??!! Oh, he said he would send a photo, so we all can see. Matt deserves!!


  8. February 10th, 2009 at 02:48 | #8

    OMG! I can’t decide if this would be the best gift ever or the worst! LOL!


  9. February 11th, 2009 at 02:50 | #9

    There is no way I would argue with the people who want to see this toad dangling out of Matt’s back pocket, and I’m going to hold him to that. Meanwhile thanks to Angela for her explanation of what this creature really is. I’m glad I could do my part to help Australia—one toad at a time.


  10. Frances Merrill
    February 11th, 2009 at 11:02 | #10

    Darryle, I love the fact that this frog is so unusual. I have a best friend who just LOVES frogs of all colors,shapes ect. She say’s they bring good luck. :) She is relocating to Lancaster CA and I would just love to give her something so unique like she is. :)

    Frances in San Jose CA


  11. February 11th, 2009 at 16:37 | #11

    Hi Frances,
    Would have considered your friend but in the previous comment I’d just agreed the toad goes to Matt. Not sure of the difference between frogs and toads—but also not sure your friend would have really wanted this creature around the rest of her collection.
    Keep checking, you never know when I’ll come across a frog—


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