I also see, much less commonly, 2 other kinds of snake at the sanctuary, the milk snake and the fabulous rough green snake (bright green, very rare on Long Island). I believe the black blotches on the back of the toad secrete the poison bufotoxin.
The pink lady-slipper is a ground orchid. Unfortunately the deer sometimes eat the flowers. Occasionally they form seed-heads, When this happens I carefully spread the seed - which emerges from the ripe capsule like smoke, on suitable open ground (in the woods, not the garden. In this way I've been able to create quite a nice population, starting from just a few plants.
Ain't Nature wonderful? In my early years here I would sometimes see a weasel, but no more. Toads, weasels, snakes, sounds awful, but actually rather marvelous.