I'm always glad to see this toad, in the leaves near my house. I have nothing clever or profound to say about toads (or much of anything else), so it's nice that the great minds of the past have applied themselves to the task:
"Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head"
-William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
"To a toad, what is beauty?
A female with two pop-eyes,
a wide mouth, yellow belly
and spotted back"
- Voltaire, 1694-1778
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm."
- Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914