Toads take over Odessa after welcomed rain

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

Thousands of these toads are leaping around this area and they're not causing any trouble, but it's definitely the talk on this part of town.

"I just came into work this morning and it looked like a bunch of crickets in the parking lot and I got closer and realized they're a bunch of frogs," says Lori Head, who found these toads taking over her turf at work.

Thousands of toads covered the Century Theatre parking lot.

"They probably went to see Shrek," says Head.

At first sight, Lori Head thought they looked like crickets, at least they jumped like them, but her friend Julie Worster had something else in mind.

"I thought it was trash, I thought somebody may have littered a lot but it started moving around a lot, so we knew it wasn't trash," says Worster.

And moving around is what these tiny toads did, leaping from the theatre, past the Home Depot, probably did a little shopping by the Dollar Tree and took a break right in front of this McDonalds, where little Kanyon Ramirez and his mom did a little toad hunting.

"This is crazy!" says Ramirez's mom.

"We were sitting there eating our happy meal then we saw five more, we came out here and they were just every where," says Ramriez.

Just to give you an idea of how small these toads are, they're as tiny as a penny.
"This is a fisherman's dream right here," says Kanyon Ramirez.

Experts say the recent rain is bringing them in by the thousands, but others would like to believe it's more than just the wet weather.

"It's weird, maybe biblical or something, I don't know, maybe they've come to eat the ants or the insects," says Ramirez.

And no one knows where they're heading.

We've been watching them and they've been migrating south so I think they're heading towards UTPB, maybe these frogs are in search of an education," says Head.

Whether these toads are heading to school or crossing the street, these local residents are doing what they can.

"...capturing them and putting them somewhere where it's safe," says Ramirez.

Experts say these toads act as weather forecasters, before a rainstorm, they come out by the hundreds to let people who live nearby know to expect a storm coming their way.