The common toad (Bufo bufo) or European toad is widespread throughout Europe, with the exception of Ireland and some Mediterranean islands. Its easterly range extends to Irkutsk in Siberia and its southerly range includes parts of northwestern Africa in the northern mountains of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
Adults can grow to 18 cm (7 in) and their skin has a warty appearance and ranges from green to brown.
Toads figure as the guardian of treasures. It is a transformation from tadpole to maturity renders the toad a frequent symbol of resurrection and rebirth.
Frog: symbol of Joy, Luck, Transformation
The frog is a totem of transformation. There are many frog stories, but the fairy tale about the frog who is transformed into his original self – a prince – is a good illustration of the frog as a totem of transformation, and its resulting joy.
Protection symbol for children
Promotes pleasant dreams
Frogs transform from tadpoles into their adult form and this symbolizes the awakening of ones creativity.
Frogs are a strong good luck symbol. For many centuries, the Frog has been a symbol of abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time. In Rome, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to the home. In Ireland the frog is considered a close relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected. The three-legged toad from China is the traditional pet of the immortal Liu Hai, who is also the Chinese god of wealth. This toad is a symbol for riches, and is often pictured with a gold coin in its mouth.
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