How fast do the tiny toads grow?

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The Question: I work at a farm in northeast Pennsylvania. I read your article about toadlets. I have been enjoying seeing hundreds of these mini toads as I garden. Mine are still only about an inch long. How long does it take for them to reach full size?

Submitted by: Victoria, Pennsylvania, USA

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What to do about this window dove nest?

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sam's-doveQuestion #1: This bird made a nest next to my kitchen window. What kind of bird is this?

Submitted by: Samantha, New York City, New York USA

Question #2: A pair of mourning doves have made their nest on the outside windowsill of my home office on the 6th floor of an apartment building. At least one and possibly two fledglings are in the nest and are already trying their wings. I don’t want to harm the birds, but I want to remove the nest as soon as possible because it has infused my office with a barnyard smell. I have read that these birds can raise multiple broods in a season. Is there a time window for me to remove the nest and install a block to prevent their return?

Submitted by: Ron, New York City, New York USA

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What are these jelly blobs on my car?

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gel blob triciaThe Question: I found these on my car in the driveway. What are they?

Submitted by: Tricia, suburbs of Buffalo, New York, USA

gel blob susanThe Question: There were numerous gel filled discs all over my car after a heavy rain. They were clear with tiny yellow specks towards the middle of the blob. What are they?

Submitted by: Susan, suburbs of Buffalo, New York, USA

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Move the tadpoles?

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The Question: We have a very old hot tub that hasn’t been used for years and the cover has collected a good amount of water from rain and now looks almost like a tiny pond! We recently we have discovered that it is filled with tadpoles! My dad thinks it is a from a tree frog because he has heard them. Should we move them to a nearby water source? Or just leave them alone?

Submitted by: Patrice, Connecticut, USA

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Are these orange ants or spiders?

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orange insects- smallerThe Question: These bright orange insects were all over my deck. I have never seen anything like them. Are they ants or spiders?

Submitted by: Roxanne, Pennsylvania, USA

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