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(News.com.au)   Cane Toad the size of a small dog found in Australia. But, submitter, is there a pic? Oh, you know there is   (news.com.au) divider line 113
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2007-03-26 10:04:45 PM  
there's no context in that picture; gimme a ruler or a quarter or somethin' to go by. that could just as easily be a regular-sized frog.
 
2007-03-26 10:09:34 PM  
Aren't those lickin' toads?
 
2007-03-26 10:19:47 PM  
I would hate to meet his big sister.

She's here in Florida. Met her Saturday night.
 
2007-03-26 10:21:17 PM  
not exactly up on my cane toad information. what exactly about a toad can raise to 'pest' status?
 
2007-03-26 10:40:36 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCF3N9-L3Q4
 
2007-03-26 11:00:32 PM  
Jesus Jumping Christ! Get that species some Menu Foods.
 
2007-03-26 11:15:05 PM  
www.news.com.au
Better pic
 
2007-03-27 12:08:07 AM  
"Mr Sawyer said he was surprised by the toad's sex."

Anal?
 
2007-03-27 12:53:17 AM  
2007-03-26 10:21:17 PM heap

i've seen a pbs special about this so i am getting a kick out of most of these replies...


seriously though, iirc the toads were brought over as part of food preparation, for soups and their legs.
they are large predators that have a poison that they can kill with as a defense mechanism. which makes them difficult to kill for humans. the poison is also responsible for killing off massive amounts of animals that normally eat toads and frogs, because the poison is toxic enough to kill near instantly. so basically they have no predators, and they eat lots of smaller frogs, lizards, anything they can get ahold of... iirc, they have overtaken over 85% of the continent...
 
2007-03-27 12:54:42 AM  
I'd like to see it go up against a NYC sewer rat.
 
2007-03-27 12:56:15 AM  
mathmatix: iirc the toads were brought over as part of food preparation, for soups and their legs.

Nope. Brought over to eat cane beetles in the sugar cane fields. They decided to eat everything but the beetles, and nearly nothing can eat them without dying.
 
2007-03-27 12:56:19 AM  
I have a feeling that "But Submitter...." is the newest cliche.
 
2007-03-27 12:56:30 AM  
Should he be touching that thing like that he should have on gloves or something he rub his eyes and damnnnnnnnn he's dead
 
2007-03-27 12:56:34 AM  
Are they deliscious?
 
2007-03-27 12:57:51 AM  
alright.. just what the hell does it meen to go "toad bursting"?
 
2007-03-27 12:58:31 AM  
Is there a kind of dog that weighs 1.9 pounds?
 
2007-03-27 12:58:49 AM  
Ghastly: Are they deliscious?

They are edible if you prepare them carefully and correctly. Not tasty though. More like a last resort when stuck in the bush thing.

/love the barefoot bushman
 
2007-03-27 12:59:17 AM  
unremarkable cloaca?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0130529/

rent it, view it, love it.
 
2007-03-27 12:59:32 AM  
laurent.ca
Saw the same thing months ago....
 
2007-03-27 01:00:04 AM  
@heap: They don't get that way on the Slimfast. They eat so damn much that they literally exterminate a local area's small animal population. Then they move on.

Plus all that "kills virtually all predators" thing mathmatix was talkin about. They're a a real bummer. You can tell when they've moved in because the usual bug sounds at night go quiet.
 
2007-03-27 01:00:33 AM  
I wooda called it a "Chuzwuzza" meself
 
2007-03-27 01:01:23 AM  
the goliath frog is much bigger
 
2007-03-27 01:01:48 AM  
Bgnome alright.. just what the hell does it meen to go "toad bursting"?

I am not sure, but I suspect it involves the action of bursting, as applied to toads, most likely in this case... Cane Toads.


/smart alec
 
2007-03-27 01:03:51 AM  
I've never seen a dog that small.
 
2007-03-27 01:04:20 AM  
That toad will make a hella pop when it's run over with my Toyota.
 
2007-03-27 01:06:54 AM  
"And the first prize goes to, THE.HYPNO.TOAD."
 
2007-03-27 01:07:40 AM  
Bgnome alright.. just what the hell does it meen to go "toad bursting"?

I am not sure, but I suspect it involves the action of bursting, as applied to toads, most likely in this case... Cane Toads.


/smart alec

do they go to any specific pains in order to initiate the bursting action? is a tool of some sort utilized?
 
2007-03-27 01:07:51 AM  
p.s.

Aussie/Kiwi threads are the best.
 
2007-03-27 01:07:57 AM  
That's a huge biatch!
 
2007-03-27 01:08:11 AM  
Or... will your Toyota make a hella pop when it's run over by that toad?
 
2007-03-27 01:09:37 AM  
Why would you pick that thing up? Even if it is for a picture.

Honestly.
 
2007-03-27 01:10:12 AM  
mtylerjr
Darn you, that's where I was going, but I was going to call it a Dungereebungereeboo

'at's easier to 'member than toad mate!
 
2007-03-27 01:10:47 AM  
Actually, it kinda looks like the busting is done with your bare hands, based on the first article pic...
 
2007-03-27 01:11:01 AM  
id like to point that what mathamatix said is complete BS. hawiin cane toads were only introduced to kill of the cane bettle. which didnt work. it is only a pest in the northen part of austrlia, because the southern parts are too cold.
 
2007-03-27 01:11:24 AM  
2007-03-27 12:56:15 AM outback_rebel

thanks for clearing it up, i couldnt remember their exact origin on the continent... just remembered watching thinking what the hell do you do to something like that...

was everything else i said pretty accurate?
 
2007-03-27 01:12:12 AM  
2007-03-27 01:07:40 AM Bgnome

Bgnome alright.. just what the hell does it meen to go "toad bursting"?

I am not sure, but I suspect it involves the action of bursting, as applied to toads, most likely in this case... Cane Toads.

/smart alec

do they go to any specific pains in order to initiate the bursting action? is a tool of some sort utilized?



I think the tool of choice is a truck or 4x4

/so I hear
 
2007-03-27 01:12:14 AM  
they do have one known predator....the 12 gauge.
 
2007-03-27 01:14:29 AM  
interesting...still, the idea of a 'pest toad' just strikes me as odd.

www.wendellwit.com
 
2007-03-27 01:14:34 AM  
The toads were on their own and they proved to be very hardy survivors. They turned out to be a lot more than we bargained for and it didn't take long to find out how well the toads would do in their new Australian home.

* They breed like flies, as the saying goes. Each pair of cane toads can lay 33,000 eggs per spawning (some published references estimate they produce as much as 60,000 eggs!).
* Their 'toadpoles' develop faster than many Australian frogs so they can outcompete our frogs for food.
* Toads and toadpoles seem to be resistant to some herbicides and eutrophic water which would normally kill frogs and tadpoles.
* All stages of a toad's life are poisonous so they have no natural predators to keep their numbers in check (although Mike Tyler's work suggests that toad juveniles are not toxicoontil they reach about 3cm in size but this presents a question: why would an animal lose its toxicity at the juvenile stage when it has it during larvae and adult stages?)
* Toads not only eat the food normally available to Australian frogs, there is growing anecdotal evidence that they eat frogs as well, especially metamorphs.

Fish who eat toadpoles die. Animals who eat toad adults die. The museums have plenty of snakes preserved in jars which were killed by toad toxin so fast, the toad is still in their mouths unswallowed. Even small amounts of water, such as a pet's water dish, can be fouled by toadpoles and adults. When the pet comes along to drink from it's dish, it becomes sick. Local vets report that a couple dogs a month are brought in ill just from "mouthing" toads.
 
2007-03-27 01:15:06 AM  
Gah, I've caught bullfrogs that size in NY when I was younger.
 
2007-03-27 01:15:40 AM  
Erm, I think that should be 'glamour pets are the size of a cane toad' Not the other way around.
 
2007-03-27 01:17:10 AM  
i83.photobucket.com
 
2007-03-27 01:17:46 AM  
I was just being a smartypants, Bgnome but I think the basic mechanics of Toad Bursting is to run them suckers over in your truck/vehicle.

Although I think feeding them some dry Alka Seltzers might well be amusing.

I have a can of that spray dusting agent that I use on my keyboard occasionally. That thing's long, thin tube might well be inserted into a toad. That might be amusing too.


Bring your acrylic face mask- don't want to get any of the remains in your eyes or mouth.
 
2007-03-27 01:17:47 AM  
also reading more on that site, some sick evolutionary developments happening over there:

This behaviour has only taken a mere 60 years to learn - very fast on the evolutionary scales. Those native rats which do feed on animal material (such as the White-tailed and the False Water) have learned to only eat the legs of the toad and not the body.

There is also an Australian snake species called the Keelback or Freshwater snake (Tropidonophis mairi) which is reportedly immune to the toad's toxin also some debate still rages as to whether it really is immune or if it is only non-toxic juveniles that can be taken. There are other Australian snakes that may be immune and work is in progress in the Northern Territory under the supervision of Dr. Rick Shine of Sydney University.
 
2007-03-27 01:18:48 AM  
"The biggest toads are usually females, but this one is a rampant male," he said.

If I had a dollar for every time someone described me the same way... well, I guess I'd be broke. I'm going to start putting that down on applications when it asks for sex, though:

First Name: Vladimir
Last Name: Putin
Sex: Male (rampant)
 
2007-03-27 01:18:59 AM  
Dammit, Heap!

First and animated!
 
2007-03-27 01:19:57 AM  
Bgnome: do they go to any specific pains in order to initiate the bursting action? is a tool of some sort utilized?

We used cars.
 
2007-03-27 01:25:37 AM  
12inpianist: First and animated!

yah, but really....all glory goes to the hypnotoad.

outback_rebel: We used cars.

i was just thinking about ways to reign in the population...we could ship over a half million 9 year old boys with a wheelbarrow-full of firecrackers apiece...but then you'd have to deal with that invasive species, too.
 
2007-03-27 01:26:32 AM  
12inpianist: Dammit, Heap! First and animated!

That's nothin'
 
2007-03-27 01:27:35 AM  
Apparently after only 70 or so years in Australia they are evolving - longer legs and less poison sacs.

/Disected one for Vertebrate Evolution class once, their heart keeps pumping for quite a while after they are dead - if you kill them properly.
// Some pubs in Darwin are giving out beers in return for bags of Cane Toads...
 
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