Part 1: a natural history. Toad or frog?. Toad evolution. Toad music and mating. Toad navigation. Toad the hunter. Toad the hunted. Part II: Toad-human relations. The pharmaceutical toad. Bufotenine, shamanism, and toad the earth mother. The oriental toad. The evil medieval toad. Toads and witchcraft. Queen Elizabeth and the frog/toad duke. Toad folk and fairy tales. The enduring toad. The toad among children. Real toads in real gardens. The toad today. Appendix A: The Great Toad Hunt, by Howard McCord. Appendix B: Le Crapaud, by Victor Hugo
'This comprehensive and entertaining compendium of toad lore surveys the history of toads as biological entity, literary and artistic subject, mythological symbol, and threatened species. It brings to light a multitude of unexpected details regarding the life of the toad, ranging from its role as insect eater in gardens and pharmaceutical ingredient in shamanic hallucinogens, to its time-honored place in witchcraft and its apotheosis in the stars as the constellation Bufo.'