Common Toad - Bufo BufoAll Toad photo's taken at Bell Common South Pond Taken at Epping Thicks - Epping Forest Three's a Crowd You can find me on flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/merrychrismossor through my Facebook Page - Wildlife Photography by Christian Moss Common toads secrete an irritant from their skin that prevents most predators from wanting to eat them. Unfortunately for the toads however, a few predators, such as grass snakes and hedgehogs, don't seem to be deterred. If they avoid getting gobbled by a snake or hedgehog, toads can live for up to 40 years. Common Toads emerge from hibernation in late February and start a hazardous journey to their breeding ponds. Toads return to the same pond year after year. A male common toad in amplexus with the much larger female. Males often clasp a female on the way to the breeding ponds and hitch a ride.