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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:40 am    Post subject: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

PARK CITY, Utah — Toxic cane toads have taken the Sundance Film Festival by storm in an irreverent new 3D documentary exploring the warty amphibians' invasion of Australia. Toads were imported to Australia some 75 years ago in an attempt to control beetles ravaging sugar cane fields. They now number 1.5 billion! Lewis's film spotlights defenders and opponents of cane toads, including one woman who talks about sending toads on a "trip to Alaska" by killing them in a freezer -- said to be the only humane method of killing the animals.www.google.com/hostedn...-9XRY3D3BQ
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

I'm a bit far south for these vermin (at present)
But when I lived up Vinces way my nightly mission was to walk around the house picking them up and placing them in an old ice cream container.
I would then place the container in the freezer (they only kicked a little while cooling down). I left a few lights on outside to attract them.


The wife opened the wrong one a few times, a great laugh.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Sounds like these could be a lot of fun with a .22 rim fire...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Pumpkinslinger wrote:
Sounds like these could be a lot of fun with a .22 rim fire...

That's got to be real messy. Yuck
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Mongrel bloody things they are. They have two poison glands that look like shoulder pads on their shoulders. Anything that eats the whole toad is as good as dead. They have laid waste to a high number of native animals because of these poison glands. Snakes, lizards, birds...even dogs and cats, anything that will eat a frog is at risk. Some birds, magpies in particular have worked out that if they flip the dead toad on its bag, they can clean out the inside without coming into contact with the poison glands.

The toad also has a voracious appetite and has reduced the populations of native frogs and some insects to alarming levels.

Oh, and did I mention they are the ugliest thing you've ever laid eyes on...even look worse than me first thing in the morning...and that's saying something.

I have shot them with just about everything...air rifle (BB gun), .22 pistol, .22 rifle, .357 Mag revolver......I much prefer the .357 Mag...does a great job on them. Yuck Yuck Laughing Laughing They say that the most humane method of is to freeze them...but I don't really fancy them in the same freezer as my food...no way. These days I either pour some Dettol on them...they hate that, kills them too for some reason...and I spear them with a 1.5 metre long steel spike. I've had up to half a dozen on the spike at any one time. Also, when it rains, you will see heaps of them on the road...they go *POP* when you run over them. Point Laughing

The funnest way to get rid of them has to be a 3 Iron golf club. Its amazing how well a cane toad can "fly". They don't make that satisfying "click" sound a golf ball does though...more a dull smack. Evil Devil ROFL

I don't think you will ever have a problem with the cane toad down your way Tiks...they appear to be a tropical critter...they are spreading quite quickly across the top of Australia now...even into Kakadu.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Maybe you should approach this more like prairie dog hunting...

On that note, I wonder how long it will be before people in FL start hunting non-native snakes, like those big boas, like we hunt other varmints.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:33 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Got this big ugly brute in my backyard tonight. Just managed to get it before my daughter's 7 month old ShitZoo pup did.

Note the white globules on the shoulder of the last pic...that is the poison in the glands on the shoulder...nasty stuff. Sorry 'bout the slightly blurry pic...was taking the pic one handed.

Sorted him out nicely. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Your right, they are some ugly buggers. There has to be some use for them, some way of making a buck on them. Maybe sell them to the Chinese as an aphrodisiac?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

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Your right, they are some ugly buggers. There has to be some use for them, some way of making a buck on them. Maybe sell them to the Chinese as an aphrodisiac?
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NOW THAT'S [b]FUNNY!!! ROFL Haha

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

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Your right, they are some ugly buggers. There has to be some use for them, some way of making a buck on them. Maybe sell them to the Chinese as an aphrodisiac?
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Its funny you should say that Don...the Chinese are happy to buy them for medicinal purposes...and would you believe the meat!!! Mate, I swear them buggers would eat sh1te if it was cooked properly.

There is also a small cottage industry out here where they stuff and pose them and the Asian tourists buy them by the handful. They also have started tanning the skins...they say that they make pretty good leather.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

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Your right, they are some ugly buggers. There has to be some use for them, some way of making a buck on them. Maybe sell them to the Chinese as an aphrodisiac?
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Mate, I swear them buggers would eat sh1te if it was cooked properly.



Cheers, Vince

I don't think ya even gotta cook it.

But they're sending the same quality products to the US...

Uncooked crap....

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:24 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Laughing ROFL

The proof of the pudding is in the eating..
the proof of appreciation of fine food is in the consumption.

THEIR (the chinese's) crap must have been better than other crap..
and reasoning from the amount of crap they exported being consumed in big nations.
The buying nations must have been a great appreciator of crap.

Generally you cannot send great amount of goods for sale if no one is buying..

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:46 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Hey Vince the last toad photo would make a good mount
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Haha Haha Haha

Yeah...sure would mate. Plenty more where this bugger came from...unfortunately.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Toad Hunting In Australia? 'Ava-toad' Reply with quote

Those toads appear to be a real bad deal for sure. I would think they would be a prime candidate for some sort of contest to see who could round up the most or perhaps have a few good toad bashing weekends, similar to our bunnie bashing weekends of the 80's. Smile

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