March 28, 2007

Toad Haul

Ewwwwwwwww. Check out the picture of this toad. Imported to Australia from South America in the 30's in a futile attempt to control the beetle population, this nasty, nasty wonder is poisonous and taking over the Land Down Under.

They can't get rid of them, and they're getting bigger and bigger. The one pictured is the size of a small dog. Volunteers have been rounding them up by sneaking up on watering holes at night and stunning them with bright lights. Like busting a bunch of moonshiners around a still in the forest.

They've been gassing them; I really don't want to imagine other methods (one Australian replied 'nine iron' when asked). The face on this face is pretty gross, but look a little closer at the back legs. They look like some old guy at a flea market wearing black socks and sandals. See it?

This is a timely message on the dangerous effects of introducing non-native species to a region. Or, as I prefer to call it, messing with Mother Nature. The poisonous results can blast out of your control. Ask my kids what happened when I was introduced to a kitchen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ICK! ICK!!!!
Yes those legs need some black socks and brown leather Italian sandals!

March 28, 2007 9:47 AM  

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