The Two-Toed & Three-Toed Tree Toads

A he-toad loved a she-toad
That lived high in a tree.
She was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was he.

The three-toed tree toad tried to win
The she-toad’s nuptial nod,
For the three-toed tree toad loved the road
The two-toed tree toad trod.

Hard as the three-toed tree toad tried,
He could not reach her limb.
From her tree-toad bower, with her V-toe power
The she-toad vetoed him.

— Anon., Mobile (Alabama) Register, August 12, 1892


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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13 Responses to The Two-Toed & Three-Toed Tree Toads

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  2. You just tied my poor little early morning brain in a knot! 🤣🤣🤣


  3. Mia says:

    So, I wonder…
    When the three-toed he-toad’s tries
    failed twice, tentatively thrice
    to climb the V-toed she-toad’s tree,
    did the two-toed tree toad see
    if the vetoed three-toed tree toad
    trekked the back road or took the toll road?


  4. Abigail says:

    Poor three-toed toad. He tried – you have to give him that.


  5. lindasschaub says:

    Someone very clever crafted this tongue-twistin’ tree-toad tale.


  6. David Redpath says:

    Even a Goth,
    or a Three-Toed Sloth
    would give this
    a good laugh.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. gigisreads says:

    Reblogged this on gigisreads.


  8. pvcann says:

    Lol, witty, and a tongue twister.


  9. I can’t help but to smile… this was a great read! 😉


  10. masercot says:

    Shouldn’t this be narrated by a fox in socks?

    I’m tempted to memorize this and inflict it upon my friends…

    Liked by 1 person

  11. shoreacres says:

    I don’t know how you find these things, but I’m certainly glad you do. This one’s especially delightful.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. pendantry says:

    A pity it’s anonymous; the writer deserves recognition for such a fun piece!

    Liked by 3 people

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