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Group Finds Toad the Size of a Small Dog

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WOW.. that's one big toad...

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Yummmm, some good eatin there ;)

Amazing size for a toad, you could have one hellacious toad licking party with that sucker. :tu:

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Yummmm, some good eatin there ;)

Amazing size for a toad, you could have one hellacious toad licking party with that sucker. :tu:

ROFL yeah it would be! :rofl:

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Frogs legs v Toad legs???

French invasion imminent (invasion.??? ok retreat ;) )

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All jokes aside, this is serious news folks! I live in far North Queensland in Australia where these horrible creatures are decimating our native wildlife at a frightening pace. It's a Cane Toad, an introduced species of toad bought here to try and combat the cane beetle back in the 1950's, it didn't work but instead the Cane Toad has gone on to become one of the most successful species ever in our fragile environment. They have no natural predators here. Nothing eats them without dying including humans because they have poison glands, owls, birds, snakes, lizards, they don't stand a chance, the cane toads feast on our native tadpoles in creeks and river systems and generally are taking over the wetlands and rainforests quicker than you can blink. Our most beautiful National park, Kakadu is now on the verge of an environmental disaster when the toads penetrate its core. My partner and I kill every one of these horrid creatures we encounter and each time it rains they appear like magic. They are Tropical Australia's Number One Pest.

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All jokes aside, this is serious news folks! I live in far North Queensland in Australia where these horrible creatures are decimating our native wildlife at a frightening pace. It's a Cane Toad, an introduced species of toad bought here to try and combat the cane beetle back in the 1950's, it didn't work but instead the Cane Toad has gone on to become one of the most successful species ever in our fragile environment. They have no natural predators here. Nothing eats them without dying including humans because they have poison glands, owls, birds, snakes, lizards, they don't stand a chance, the cane toads feast on our native tadpoles in creeks and river systems and generally are taking over the wetlands and rainforests quicker than you can blink. Our most beautiful National park, Kakadu is now on the verge of an environmental disaster when the toads penetrate its core. My partner and I kill every one of these horrid creatures we encounter and each time it rains they appear like magic. They are Tropical Australia's Number One Pest.

I remember watching a television show about Australia going through several "introduced species" type invasions.

Good luck with that, kill em all. Probably screwing up the ecosystem in some manner. :mellow:

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All jokes aside, this is serious news folks! I live in far North Queensland in Australia where these horrible creatures are decimating our native wildlife at a frightening pace. It's a Cane Toad, an introduced species of toad bought here to try and combat the cane beetle back in the 1950's, it didn't work but instead the Cane Toad has gone on to become one of the most successful species ever in our fragile environment. They have no natural predators here. Nothing eats them without dying including humans because they have poison glands, owls, birds, snakes, lizards, they don't stand a chance, the cane toads feast on our native tadpoles in creeks and river systems and generally are taking over the wetlands and rainforests quicker than you can blink. Our most beautiful National park, Kakadu is now on the verge of an environmental disaster when the toads penetrate its core. My partner and I kill every one of these horrid creatures we encounter and each time it rains they appear like magic. They are Tropical Australia's Number One Pest.

This problem kind of reminds me of the similar "redneck problem" in Texas where they too, kill every kind of wildlife that moves, especially snakes. But there, unfortunately, there are no posses of concerned citizens to likewise eliminate the "Horrid Creatures". They are the Southern United State's Number One pest.

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Why the hell is that idiot holding that animal like that? If he wants to kill it, at least he can treat it with some respect before doing it. What a jerk.

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Why the hell is that idiot holding that animal like that? If he wants to kill it, at least he can treat it with some respect before doing it. What a jerk.

He's holding it like that because they have poison glands in their cheeks that can spurt poison into his eyes, what's he suppose to do, cuddle it?? He is not being a jerk, he is being careful. He is not going to kill it either, this particular Cane Toad is going on the road, helping to educate people about the destruction of our eco systems in Northern Australia. Some of the councils here pay you a bounty to kill these creatures. They are a feral, non- native creature in an environment that is dying because of them. Did you know every animal, every owl, bird, dingo, lizard, anything actually, that eats it dies? They feast on our native tadpoles and are turning our fragile environment upside down. If you were so environmently and animal friendly you would have no love for this creature. I'm all for respecting animals except Cane Toads. Come and live here in far North Queensland for a while and I can guarantee you'll be taking to them with golf clubs in no time. Bit like Mosquitos......swat 'em!!

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He's holding it like that because they have poison glands in their cheeks that can spurt poison into his eyes, what's he suppose to do, cuddle it?? He is not being a jerk, he is being careful. He is not going to kill it either, this particular Cane Toad is going on the road, helping to educate people about the destruction of our eco systems in Northern Australia. Some of the councils here pay you a bounty to kill these creatures. They are a feral, non- native creature in an environment that is dying because of them. Did you know every animal, every owl, bird, dingo, lizard, anything actually, that eats it dies? They feast on our native tadpoles and are turning our fragile environment upside down. If you were so environmently and animal friendly you would have no love for this creature. I'm all for respecting animals except Cane Toads. Come and live here in far North Queensland for a while and I can guarantee you'll be taking to them with golf clubs in no time. Bit like Mosquitos......swat 'em!!

Ummmmm, not quite. The poison only "spurts" into your eyes when you try to beat the toad to death and hit its poison glands. And then you would have deserved it. Yes you could "cuddle" this toad with no ill effects, just don't lick the poison glands.

Fortunately, not every animal that eats them is dying. Some are building an immunity to the poision, and some scientists believe the condition will stabilize. There is probably no way they can be eliminated now, without killing all of the native amphibians in the process.. Maybe they should introduce American hognose snakes, which are specialists at eating very similar poisonous toads in America. It is a shame though, and lets hope the Australian wildlife population can recover.

It is ironic however that Australian ranchers have similarly poisoned the dingoes for years to protect their sheep. And here is an animal that only poisons the animals that try to kill it, and it is the toads that are the hated, horrid, vermin. The toads didn't ask to be transported to Australia, or for other animals to try to eat them. In a garden, in most other countries, similar toads are welcome destroyers of insects, precisely the reason the toads were brought there in the first place. The greatest destoyers of Australian wildlife are not toads, but man. Go to a museum and see how many Australian animals became extinct after man arrived.

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Ummmmm, not quite. The poison only "spurts" into your eyes when you try to beat the toad to death and hit its poison glands. And then you would have deserved it. Yes you could "cuddle" this toad with no ill effects, just don't lick the poison glands.

Fortunately, not every animal that eats them is dying. Some are building an immunity to the poision, and some scientists believe the condition will stabilize. There is probably no way they can be eliminated now, without killing all of the native amphibians in the process.. Maybe they should introduce American hognose snakes, which are specialists at eating very similar poisonous toads in America. It is a shame though, and lets hope the Australian wildlife population can recover.

It is ironic however that Australian ranchers have similarly poisoned the dingoes for years to protect their sheep. And here is an animal that only poisons the animals that try to kill it, and it is the toads that are the hated, horrid, vermin. The toads didn't ask to be transported to Australia, or for other animals to try to eat them. In a garden, in most other countries, similar toads are welcome destroyers of insects, precisely the reason the toads were brought there in the first place. The greatest destoyers of Australian wildlife are not toads, but man. Go to a museum and see how many Australian animals became extinct after man arrived.

You are right, man is a huge destroyer of our animals over here, I just had contact with rebel yell and up pops a picture of the Thylacine, a Tasmanian Tiger it's just tragic I agree. You are quite right with the poison glands, maybe I was being a bit overdramatic, but I was answering an overdramatic post. Dingoes are a pest to farmers and I get your point there too. Ironic, absolutely. Nevertheless they are a huge pest here in Far North Queensland and need to be eliminated. They have no natural predators to keep their numbers down. There are so many examples of man killing animals for their own gains and benefit it would fill pages here. You make great points but I'm afraid I'm just not on the Cane Toad's side.

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