28 July 2008

This Is... My Phobia

Vile little creatures.

Cane Toads are considered a pest in Australia because they:
* poison pets and injure humans with their toxins
* poison many native animals whose diet includes frogs, tadpoles and frogs' eggs
* eat large numbers of honey bees, creating a management problem for bee-keepers prey on native fauna
* compete for food with vertebrate insectivores such as small skinks
* may carry diseases that are can be transmitted to native frogs and fishes.

Photo credit- Ozwildlife
Info about canetoads- Australian Museum Online

Thanks to Angela for this week's freestyle theme. After all the fluffy This Is posts I have been churning out I thought it time for a little grit.

23 comments:

  1. Ew yuck. I don't dig on the cane toads either. I'm with you there!

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  2. Oh no, that's not a pretty looking creature at all.

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  3. I am so with you! Fortunately they are not a problem (yet) this side of the country!

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  4. prehistoric looking!! id freak out too...we have a gentle blue tongue lizard in our garden & he still makes me jump when i see him! well its a she as she's had babies now and we have baby blue tongues everywhere too!

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  5. That is one ugly ugly toad. One good reason for living in the Southern states of Australia. Of course moving all the way to Dubai was a LITTLE extreme!

    And yes - I did go and have to click on the link. And I wish I hadn't... but now the damage is done.

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  6. Creeeeeeeepy!
    But harmless, no?

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  7. Hehe. I apologise for having a little giggle at your phobia, Lisa...It's only because it's one of my mum's phobias too. When we lived in Qld her reaction when a cane toad would come into our front garden was classic. But yes, they are ugly, vile creatures!

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  8. Oh! I nearly had to close your blog down! I hate the critters. In summer, they always seemed to be waiting for me in the yard in the dark... just waiting to jump... ohhh... my skin is crawling just thinking about them.

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  9. LOL

    Good idea to add some grit. Is it poisonous?

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  10. Hey Lisa. Let me know if you want to have a coffee when you are over Thornbury way. My e-mail is cathkirwan(at)optusnet(dot)com(dot)au

    Cathy

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  11. Oh dude, the stories I could tell you about my creative driving - home from uni at night, going thud-thud, thud-thud over the little bastards! Or about my brother's improved hockey skills after he took a hockey stick to hundreds in our back yard!

    They still give me a jeepers, even though I live my entire childhood in NQ.

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  12. I actually don't mind frogs and toads but maybe that's because we don't have any near where I live that look like that. That thing is UGLY! The ones that are in my area are cute little pond frogs so I guess that's not the best comparison...ick I think it's watching me.

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  13. Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for your kind and supportive words on my blog today. In answer, we're hoping to get pregnant here in time for me to go back with a big belly when we move back to Australia next year. Fingers crossed.

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  14. We are listening to Frog and Toad right now and they are great stories for children.

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  15. eeeew! Out here in the wild southwest of the US, we have poisonous desert toads. They only come out during monsoon season (which is now). If your dog touches it (licks it) he can die. And they poop all over the patio.
    GROSS!
    (Hi! I'm a knitter too..!)

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Lisa