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Discussion: Cane toads ?

in: philm64; philm64 > 2020-03-11

Mar 13, 2020 2:48 AM # 
undy:
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Mar 13, 2020 10:06 AM # 
philm64:
no - Common Toad, "bufo bufo" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_toad

And we don't stamp on them as Shirley & I witnessed to our horror in QLD in 1993 ......
Mar 15, 2020 11:24 PM # 
undy:
Didn't stamp on enough of them. I think freezing them is the "humane" way. Big effort going on to get at them now in Northern NSW as they move into the areas that burnt.
Mar 16, 2020 1:25 PM # 
philm64:
Culling them I guess? Oh well.

A pest is a pest......

Here, we save them.
Mar 18, 2020 5:47 AM # 
undy:
Yeah, we like the local ones, but the cane toads eat anything smaller than themselves and posion anything bigger that eats them.

Wiping them out could be a good project for the whole nation while we kick back and wait for loo roll.
Mar 18, 2020 11:44 AM # 
O-ing:
I was up at Borroloola the year after the first wave of cane toads went through. There were hundreds moving through our camp every night, heading for Western Australia. It wasn’t worth dispatching them although we had golf clubs. We did fill up a few wheelie bins, just shovelled them in, but it didn’t make a dent. Hopefully the cooler weather in southern Australia won’t be so attractive to them. Would be nice if they had stopped their spread at the Queensland border.
Mar 18, 2020 3:38 PM # 
philm64:
Wow. Proper pest,

My lifelong interest & concern for amphibians (in the UK, housing dev't & filling in of ponds etc for "safety reasons" (little darlings could slip in & drown, etc), means a lot of frogs, toads & newts are losing their natural habitat. & breeding ponds.

Couldn't imagine whacking cane toads with a golf club tho. I eat meat but i can't do that...... but i live in urban haven without seeing animals being killed for me to eat them.

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