Driving around the countryside in this week after Igor, you will find all sorts of things littering our Newfoundland roads. Since fall is here it’s most often just some leaves blowing around in the wind, but keep your eyes open for something else too. At night, when you’re staring down the road lit up by your headlights, you may find something staring right back at you. Pay close attention and you’ll see this is a creature that’s somehow under the impression you are playing a game of chicken with it.
Of course, I’m talking about the hundreds of toads crossing the roads at the moment, they’ve been at it for a while but this week I’m seeing a distinct rise in their activity as they move to their winter homes. Most toads you see have been expertly flattened after losing a stare down contest with vehicles they encountered earlier that day; apparently, toads are just as slow as they are overconfident.
So, if you see a toad that’s still alive, keep an eye on the traffic around you and, if at all possible, slow down to avoid having to add it to your bad karma list.