Quickly I halted my foot's progression toward the floor in order to not squish the toad. Then I noticed another toad nearby. Then I ran back upstairs to get the camera in order to document this strange occurance. :0)
Two toads in my cellar which has no access from outdoors! In the 10 years since we've built the cellar, I've never had toads there. Mice, yes. Not surprising, since mice climb and squeeze through little openings, as well as chew wood and anything else houses are made out of. But toads?!? Where did they come from? How did toads come to find my cellar?
All I can think of is that these two must have burrowed down from the outside, then come up through the dirt floor. Which, since the ground level is, at the lowest point, about six feet higher than the cellar floor, seems like quite an undertaking.
Now I'm wondering if I should allow them to live in my cellar, or 'rescue' them to the outdoors, since I don't think the cellar will provide enough toady foods to sustain them through the summer.