Saturday, July 23, 2016

INVADING TOADS

According to headlines in our local paper, the town south of us is being invaded by a poisonous toad.


What? We already have escaped pythons and boa constrictors in the Everglades, along with the ubiquitous fire ants, deadly killer bees, and occasional armadilloes and coyotes. So now we must look out for dangerous toads, too?

Reading further, I found a description likening it to our native Southern toad. But our innocuous toad has ridges and knobs on its head while this pretender is smooth-headed. The Southern toad is also much smaller than the cane toad (also known as a marine toad or giant toad) which can grow up to NINE inches! The poisonous toad is known to eat pet food and drink pet water left outside, leading to attacks by territorial pets.

Descriptions were given of both toads to help identifying them (like I can remember which is which if I'm actually confronted by one!). The article also had detailed instructions for tending to pets biting the toad, which included rinsing the mouth and gums off with water, holding the pet's head downwards to keep it from swallowing the tainted water, and rubbing the gums...Hmmm. I can't quite imagine Fido's reaction to having his mouth doctored, but maybe some dogs are better behaved than mine ever were.

Anyway, after reading the whole scary thing, it turns out the toads were deliberately brought into south Florida to control insects, and the farthest north they're usually found is Gainesville, Florida. Quite a long ways from us. Speculation is that someone had this lone cane toad as a pet and released it. Or it escaped its owner. Or that it hid on board a landscaping truck coming in from Florida.

But, buried in all the text was this ominous tidbit: One female toad can lay thousands of eggs at a time. And the article failed to tell us the sex of this toad found in the next county.

I think Donald Trump needs to hear about this dangerous immigrant.

6 comments:

  1. Get Trump right on it.
    The Dems, PC crowd will no doubt go out and talk to them, throw some money at it and tell everyone the toad is very good and will help the economy by eating some flies. But they will also sign them up for dog food stamps and health care plus give them the vote. hahahahahahahaha We lose either way.
    We have toads here that hibernate. When the summer monsoons come they wake them up with rain. The dry mud softens and they appear. Their croaking in the evening is not music to my ears !
    All I can say is no more open shoes and watch where you step. Hope they do not come up where you are.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. In north Georgia, we have tree frogs. Their croaking at night is kind of peaceful to me since I grew up hearing it! I can see what it would bother someone not used to it though. As for the poisonous toads...I hope they stay down south of us, too!

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  2. Get Trump on it? Trump IS a toad--King of the Poisonous Toads, in fact!

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    1. He does kind of resemble one with his round face and beady eyes...But I've never seen a toad sporting that kind of hair!

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