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Road closed to aid mass toad crossing

Posted on Friday, 28 February, 2014 | Comment icon 20 comments

Road signs warn drivers about the amphibians. Image Credit: PD - Man vyi
A road in Lincolnshire is to be closed for a month so that toads can reach their local breeding grounds.
The decision was made after large numbers of toads had ended up being killed during their efforts to cross the busy stretch of road near Sleaford last year.

"I am desperate for volunteers to help patrol this small stretch of road when the toads come out of hibernation in the woodland and then embark females with males on backs to make the hazardous journey across the road to their ancestral breeding grounds," said co-ordinator Fiona Cousland. "Last year, the carnage on this lane was horrendous!"

The problem is worsened by the fact that the toads are very difficult to see at night or when the weather is wet, leading to estimates than only 40 percent of those that try to cross the road without assistance actually survive the attempt.

"As the males hitch a ride on the females back to cross the road, not only one toad may be run over, but two toads are killed as they are together," said Cousland.

Source: Metro | Comments (20)

Tags: Toad, Road

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 27 February, 2014, 19:36
I think the Black Widow Spider also kills their mate after coitus. What a way to go.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword on 27 February, 2014, 20:49
Does your lack of external genit......DOH! Nevermind.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Lilly on 27 February, 2014, 23:17
Uh...most of mine is already internal...don't think most human males would be all that happy for such a set up though. I won't even bother mentioning the once a year mating thing.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Mac E on 28 February, 2014, 12:23
I'm happy for the toads. Smart move on teh city to close teh road. a 40% success rate at crossing a road is bad. Almost as bad as a chicken crossing the road for whatever reason.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sundew on 28 February, 2014, 12:25
All this talk of sex, what a bunch of horny toads, lol!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Mac E on 28 February, 2014, 12:26
Why did the chicken cross the road? To help the toads to the other side, lol! had to be done.
Comment icon #17 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 28 February, 2014, 13:28
The video game 'Frogger' would have been pretty boring had they based it on this scenario.
Comment icon #18 Posted by shaddow134 on 28 February, 2014, 14:23
It is nice to see the County of my Birth being so compassionate.As a kid I remember the roads around one of local ponds full of frogs and toads and the poor little blighters being squished.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Eldorado on 28 February, 2014, 16:36
We are so compassionate, this kind of thing can happen..... Civil Servants send letters to a woman demanding she make an effort to find work even though she has been in a coma for two months.
Comment icon #20 Posted by shaddow134 on 28 February, 2014, 18:16
The unelected and undemocratic Government is Alas full of rich spoilt hoohah Henry's and it breaks my Heart to see my beloved country being pulled slowly to her knee's.

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