Toads have come out of hibernation. It's time to breed, and their mating season has begun. Although toads spend most of their lives on land (as opposed to frogs who thrive in and around the water), when they wake up from their long winter's nap, they head instinctively to water to breed. Like frogs, toads breed in water, hatch from eggs, and live their early lives in the water as tadpoles. The female toad can lay as many as 8,000 eggs per mating, but only a small percentage will develop into adults.