Brendhan. Your earlier post intrigued me, where you talked about many different creatures that inhabit your area, but I got busy reading other posts and forgot about what you posted, until you spoke again about Buffo toads. I suppose I could google it, but I have a lazy nature and learn so much better when the information is cited through a human, not internet jargon. LOL. So, tell me about the Buffo toad. I would be curious........
Well Mick could also tell you abou them considering we took them from his country. Buffo Toads sometimes spelled bufo are also known as cane toads. And cute little frogs they are not. The big fat lazy poisionus toads. You can pick them up and they won't have an effect on you unless you do something silly like lick them. But we won't discuss the stupid action of bored teenagers in the south. However your dog or your cat having about the same intellegence level as a bored southern teenager will try to eat the toad. End result a big vet bill and a sick or dead animal.
My dog has built up a resistance to it but the first few times he looked like he had rabies because he was foaming so bad at the mouth. My vet drives a sportscar for what I have been charged.
Stupid bored teenagers grow up to become politicians. With bright ideas of how to solve problems in the south. Oneof the biggest problems in the south many years ago (and still today for some) was mosquitoes. Blood sucking insects that just love the flesh of snow birds. Snow birds do two things well when they are in florida for more than 6 months vote and whine. Not being subject to mosquito bites I don't relate to their problems, my wife however is viewed as a tasty morsel by them. Let's get back on track. Most people wanted the mosquitos gone. How shall we do this? well someone had the bright idea to import some of Mick's cane toads and let them eat the skeeters. Sounds almost logical. We have a suitable enviroment for buffo toads and they breed profilically and they eat lots of bugs. As they say at the end of those Guinness commericals, "Brilliant."
Remember the origin of politicians. So they brought over all these toads and let them loose in the swamp to eat the mosqitoes. Someone forgot to tell the people one other aspect of the toad. They are lazy. And they work hard at being lazy. So it given the choice between hunting in a dark swamp for mosquitos or hanging out at the corner where a streetlight was attracting all these other bugs, except that mosquitos don't hang around lights. Where do you think the Buffo toad hung his hat? Now in order for a species to reproduce it needs two things (generalization here) food and members of the oposite sex. Well these street lights and the lights outside peoples homes on occasion look like toad orgies. Which of course means more lazy toads. And guess what we still have mosquitos. And lots of Buffo toads. If you drive in Florida you will see them squished on the roads as they lose a real life version of Frogger. Buffo toads didn't even orginate in .au. They came from Hawaii as their politicans tried to rid the cane beetle from their lands. They are spreading but not as fast as they did here. Where there are things that actually are considered predators to cane toads. Remember nothing is a threat to a cane toad except a car tire in the south.
If you would like some I am sure I can convince the teenagers, I mean politicians to send them to you.
The buffo toads being lazy just hang at the outskirts of my hives, not bothered by the occasionally bee sting. And eat what falls in front of their mouths. If they feel they are not getting enough of a free buffet, they will stack themselves in order to try and get to the bottom entrance. Fortunatly my bottom entrances are very small and I have my hives raised 16in/40cm above ground. So they can't stack quite that high.
You may read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_toads