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2012-10-09 11:08:07 AM
Time to import something even more toxic to kill the toads - I suggest RADIOACTIVE FLIES
 
2012-10-09 11:14:27 AM
I'm rooting for the toads.
 
2012-10-09 11:20:22 AM

gopher321: Time to import something even more toxic to kill the toads - I suggest RADIOACTIVE FLIES


Does this end with gorillas dying in the first winter frost?
 
2012-10-09 11:24:12 AM
Interesting, I thought I was the only one that puts toads in freezers.
 
2012-10-09 11:24:18 AM
You don't have to come and confess, we looking for you, we gon find you.

/run and tell that
/homeboy
 
2012-10-09 11:26:06 AM
Bufo toads are considered a nuisance, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

They aren't natives, he said. They were brought to Florida to control insect issues in sugarcane fields, Morse said, and now are a problem for pet owners.


Do they at least help with the insects? Well, here's to all the native toads that simply make the dogs sick so they learn to avoid them all.
 
2012-10-09 11:27:53 AM
Hide your wife, hide your dog....

www.nationalturk.com
 
2012-10-09 11:28:19 AM
Cane toads. Cane toads in Florida. That figures. You'd think they'd have learned from Australia...

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History should be required watching everywhere. (Also, it's highly enjoyable. Seriously.)
 
2012-10-09 11:28:28 AM
Not as bad as Hypno Toad
 
2012-10-09 11:29:45 AM
cdn-7.nflximg.com
 
2012-10-09 11:30:57 AM
Um, this is news? Granted, I've lived in Miami (i.e. Florida) my whole life, and perhaps its not the same elswhere, but Bufo frogs have been a threat to dogs for as long as I as I can remember. Don't get me wrong- it's not like they are an epidemic or anything, but they have always been enough of a concern that I was taught from a young age to keep an eye out for them when my dog was outside with me.
 
2012-10-09 11:31:10 AM

Canton: Cane toads. Cane toads in Florida. That figures. You'd think they'd have learned from Australia...

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History should be required watching everywhere. (Also, it's highly enjoyable. Seriously.)


Ahhh, you beat me to it. I second the recommendation.

Also, a friend in Australia mentioned some Ibis birds have figured out a way of eating cane toads by removing the poisonous glands.
 
2012-10-09 11:33:17 AM

SwiftFox: Bufo toads are considered a nuisance, said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

They aren't natives, he said. They were brought to Florida to control insect issues in sugarcane fields, Morse said, and now are a problem for pet owners.

Do they at least help with the insects? Well, here's to all the native toads that simply make the dogs sick so they learn to avoid them all.


Well, in north Queensland, where these toads were introduced to control the cane grub, the toads ended up eating (or poisoning) everything but the grubs. Maybe they worked out better in Florida, though, I don't know.
 
2012-10-09 11:39:15 AM
The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.
 
2012-10-09 11:42:28 AM

mortimer_ford: The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.


+1

Though I'd probably bag it before hitting it with the shovel. Less mess and you can just toss the bag in the trash when you're done.
 
2012-10-09 11:47:19 AM
Warning pet owners: If you let your pets kill the local wildlife sometimes the local wildlife kills back.
 
2012-10-09 11:49:48 AM
LICK. THE. TOAD.

Canton: Well, in north Queensland, where these toads were introduced to control the cane grub, the toads ended up eating (or poisoning) everything but the grubs. Maybe they worked out better in Florida, though, I don't know.


Is that why there's no dingoes up there?
 
2012-10-09 11:51:58 AM

Allornone: Um, this is news? Granted, I've lived in Miami (i.e. Florida) my whole life, and perhaps its not the same elswhere, but Bufo frogs have been a threat to dogs for as long as I as I can remember. Don't get me wrong- it's not like they are an epidemic or anything, but they have always been enough of a concern that I was taught from a young age to keep an eye out for them when my dog was outside with me.



this. Discussed the problem in a Vert Zoo class in 1975.
 
2012-10-09 11:52:27 AM

WarszawaScream: LICK. THE. TOAD.

Canton: Well, in north Queensland, where these toads were introduced to control the cane grub, the toads ended up eating (or poisoning) everything but the grubs. Maybe they worked out better in Florida, though, I don't know.

Is that why there's no dingoes up there?


By everything I meant all species. What is the current population of Queensland dingoes, anyway?
 
2012-10-09 11:55:25 AM
Do they have Dettol in Florida? That stuff kills the bastards within minutes.

/Australian.
//My town has more cane toads than people.
 
2012-10-09 11:56:58 AM
What about the undertoad?
 
2012-10-09 11:59:51 AM

mortimer_ford: The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.


I thought that the traditional method was a golf club.
 
2012-10-09 12:00:49 PM
I kill those bastards with a pellet gun for sport.
 
2012-10-09 12:02:19 PM
Simpsons did it! (Twice!)
 
2012-10-09 12:10:43 PM
It's simple. Make your dog fear the toads. The only way I know to do that is to find a toad, call your dog over real sweet like, point to the toad, and when your dog starts to sniff the toad, beat the crap out of your dog while yelling NO NO NO.

the only cruel part about it is to not do it.
 
2012-10-09 12:10:52 PM
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Toad Liquors. LoL
 
2012-10-09 12:12:43 PM
i.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-10-09 12:19:14 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: Do they have Dettol in Florida? That stuff kills the bastards within minutes.


Had to look up "Dettol", and the answer is, no, it's not sold here in the US, except maybe in specialty shops. RB markets Lysol in the US instead, which appears to have a different composition. Perhaps you can arrange for an emergency Berlin-style airlift to Florida :/
 
2012-10-09 12:19:36 PM
HELLO!? the late 70's called... they want their story back.... seriously, who lives in Florida, has a small pet and doesn't know about cane toads? but hey, they bought the house, they knew what they were getting into, I say let their pets eat a frog.... or shoot'em with a pellet gun like I did.....
 
2012-10-09 12:19:57 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-09 12:21:09 PM
i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com

/Embarrassingly obscure.
 
2012-10-09 12:23:17 PM
I live in northeast Kansas, and as a teenager, my dog bit into a toad here. The dog started foaming at the mouth and choking on the foam. My mom grabbed him and rinsed his mouth with the hose and called the vet. "Local" toads here also have venom in their skins.
 
2012-10-09 12:37:35 PM

Mr. Ekshun: [i.imgur.com image 385x255]
[i.imgur.com image 450x300]

/Embarrassingly obscure.


Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-09 12:40:33 PM
Bufo Toads, won't you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Bufo Toads, won't you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon
 
2012-10-09 12:48:37 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-09 12:53:02 PM
Well, why not? Florida is an ecological disaster area because of lax import controls on exotic animals. The exotic pet trade is worth billions so it's not going to stop any time soon.

Here's a partial list:

Toxic Toads
Anaconda Snakes
Boa Constrictors
Piranha
Iguana Lizards
Killer Bees
Fire Ants
Brazilian Pepper Trees
'Paper Bark' or Maliluca trees
African Snails
Walking Catfish
African Lily Pads
Kudzu
Snakehead fish
Imported green frogs
Imported Gray Lizards
Lion Fish
Monkeys
Jungle Parrots
Brain eating fresh water parasite
Half of Cuba

I think a couple of insanely lethal snakes imported from Africa and South America by insanely stupid pet owners are on the list also.
 
2012-10-09 12:59:00 PM
What a Florida redneck with a cane toad might look like.

I suspect this is an Australian, but you can only tell them apart by their call which sounds like "Gday mate! gday mate!" The Floridan's call sounds more like "Stop so I kin shoot yah! I can't hityah when you're moving about like that"
 
2012-10-09 01:01:36 PM
He's not married ladies! Wedding right on right hand (unless they do things backwards as well as upside down in Australia).

But a guy who looks like that downtown would be gay or a panhandler or both, so maybe I shouldn't be jumping to any conclusions as to his availability.
 
2012-10-09 01:12:17 PM

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: Fluorescent Testicle: Do they have Dettol in Florida? That stuff kills the bastards within minutes.

Had to look up "Dettol", and the answer is, no, it's not sold here in the US, except maybe in specialty shops. RB markets Lysol in the US instead, which appears to have a different composition. Perhaps you can arrange for an emergency Berlin-style airlift to Florida :/


I checked the web: you can buy it in Canada as well as the UK. Whether it'll get through Customs & Excise is anybody's guess. The problem is which Dettol product? They make a range of cleaners and disinfectants. Ingesting soap is not good for any creature, even humans, but I imagine an disinfectant strong enough to kill a dog would kill a toad, especially since their skin is very vulnerable to environmental toxins (ironically, even if they are poisonous themselves). The refrigerator bag method sounds a lot more humane. They'll drift off into a never-ending sleep if you freeze them long enough.

Here's a link to Dettol Warriors, "the Movie": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OEtKAq1heU

Looks like your standard CGI teenage evil-battling teen cartoon. My sound is off so I haven't watched it.
 
2012-10-09 01:12:17 PM

mortimer_ford: The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.


We had a lot of them when I lived in Palm Beach Gardens, I would pick em up with a shovel and toss em over the wall onto Northlake Blvd, a large 6 lane road. Figured if the made it to either side of that they deserved to live.

/back yard bordered Ballen Isles, less than a mile from PGA National.
//last truly nice house I lived in
///doing worse (economically) than your parents sucks.
 
2012-10-09 01:18:39 PM
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2012-10-09 01:20:37 PM

Ivo Shandor: mortimer_ford: The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.

I thought that the traditional method was a golf club.


I tried to find the Toohey's New/cane toad/golf club commercial that caused a massive outrage when I was living in Oz in 2004, but it apparently doesn't exist on the Internet.

I loved that commercial, and now I has a sad.

Oh well, here's the vid about Baz instead. I'm pretty sure he's obligatory in any cane toad thread, if he hasn't been mentioned already.
 
2012-10-09 01:33:59 PM
San Francisco Bay gets a new species on average once every two weeks.

The Thames estuary is one of the most "invasive species polluted" fresh water bodies in the world thanks to shipping and the release of exotic organisms--it has goldfish (see today's article on the BBC News site) and allegedly crocodiles (they probably don't survive the winter, but they could possibly do so). It even has sea horses! Sea horses, one of the most delicate and endangered species have found a home in Old Father Thames.

They even have a range of tropical and sub-tropical species that are more often found in the Mediterranean. But then, the UK now has vineyards, olive groves, and sunflower plantations. A man even found an avocado tree with fruit on it in London some years back (he was a West Indian import himself).

The Great Lakes are being devastated by the zebra mussel (Russia, IIRC) which filters the water so efficiently that it starves out native species (you get crystal clear water as sterile as an Arctic lake, if not more so).

Florida is the prize-winner when it comes to really obnoxious invaders though. Because it is almost tropical, it can play host to almost any tropical species from South America, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa or bits of Australia, etc.

When we are gone, aliens will have no problem figuring out we were here. They'll find traces of the antrhopocene all through the thin layer of rock which marks our time on this Earth. Plastics will still be detectable, and the fossil record will be farked up in ways that continental drift and other natural dispersal routes will not be able to explain. Our steel, glass and rubbish may perish, our dams, tunnels and cities will be destroyed utterly, but there will be permanent chemical and biological marks on our record for those who can read the stone book.

On the plus side, what an exciting time to be alive and a biologist, able to study the effects of gigantic experiments which consist of throwing everything into the melting pot and seeing what bubbles out.

All the survivors of our carelessness and greed and stupidity are taking part in a grand reality show: Who wants to be dominant species when Man is gone?

Out:
amphibians
coral reefs
bats
rare tropical trees
large predatory fish
oysters
kelp forests
whales and other sea mammals
tigers and other large mammals

In:
snakes
insect and mammalian vermin
gulls, sparrows, corvidae, pigeons, owls
shellfish and other aquatic pests
jellyfish, squid, sea urchins, and other invertibrate pests
coyotés

Like Howard Stern, Mankind is the King of All the Vermin. The skill set necessary to survive and thrive with us includes scavenging, opportunistic predation, living in crowded and unsanitary conditions, and being smart, fast and vicious enough to make a living anywhere. Adaptability is a valuable asset. Being cute, playful and amusing is optional.
 
2012-10-09 01:43:24 PM

Canton: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History should be required watching everywhere. (Also, it's highly enjoyable. Seriously.)


lumiere: cdn-7.nflximg.com


These. The doc is Nat Geo meets Monty Python.
 
2012-10-09 03:26:28 PM
All Glory to the hypnotoad
 
2012-10-09 03:56:02 PM

Mr. Ekshun: [i.imgur.com image 385x255]
[i.imgur.com image 450x300]

/Embarrassingly obscure.



Only reason I clicked on this thread was to see the Herk.
Off to Netflix for me!
 
2012-10-09 03:56:49 PM

Sultan Of Herf: We had a lot of them when I lived in Palm Beach Gardens, I would pick em up with a shovel and toss em over the wall onto Northlake Blvd, a large 6 lane road. Figured if the made it to either side of that they deserved to live.

/back yard bordered Ballen Isles, less than a mile from PGA National.
//last truly nice house I lived in
///doing worse (economically) than your parents sucks.



Did you live in Cypress Hollow?

/I live in Jupiter, drive by there all the time
 
2012-10-09 04:21:23 PM

Mr. Ekshun: [i.imgur.com image 385x255]
[i.imgur.com image 450x300]

/Embarrassingly obscure.


She's coming to take my soul!

/Arugula
 
2012-10-09 04:43:36 PM

Sultan Of Herf: mortimer_ford: The most humane way to kill a Bufo toad is to place it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for three days

I'll keep that in mind if my shovel breaks.

We had a lot of them when I lived in Palm Beach Gardens, I would pick em up with a shovel and toss em over the wall onto Northlake Blvd, a large 6 lane road. Figured if the made it to either side of that they deserved to live.

/back yard bordered Ballen Isles, less than a mile from PGA National.
//last truly nice house I lived in
///doing worse (economically) than your parents sucks.


I grew up in Jupiter and lost my standard poodle when he ate one of these bastards. It's a horrifyingly painful death that can take hours and nothing the vet can do.

/Miss you buddy
 
2012-10-09 07:03:48 PM
There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday
Put your dog away
 
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