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  •  I've got cane toads in my yard.. (6+ / 0-)

    they're native here. Never seen one as big as the photo, thanks FSM. They're more like the size of my hand, maybe two hands. Today when I lifted the cover of the compost pile, one was looking at me, he got a bucket of coffee grounds and veggie scraps dumped on him. I didn't pay them much mind until I got a puppy. When I hear Bob the beagle barking at night, it means there's a toad I need to relocate (toss over the fence).

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:24:36 PM PST

    •  I know this diary is titled Comic Relief.. (1+ / 0-)
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      I know, I know, but I can't help myself.

      That Bufo marinus in the photo is too damn big. I don't think it's photo-shopped or fake.. no, probably they're feeding him and maybe steriods or something. He's too damn BIG!!

      Adults average 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from snout to vent.
      Now, let's assume that's a normal size guy, and assume a vent is what it sounds like, and snout is the nose.. that's bigger than the record toad. AmI wrong?

      This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

      by Karl Rover on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 08:28:25 PM PST

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      •  15" from nose to butt (1+ / 0-)
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        doesn't include the legs.  

        http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/...

        I've lived here all my life - used to live on a lake and every spring the frogs and toads would go crazy - we used to fish the strings of frog eggs out of the lake to cut down on the population (it was either that or frog gigging later in the year, which I did not enjoy, picking up the eggs was OK).  

        One year, we had a late hatch and nobody apparently noticed all the eggs in the water - although we did see billions of tadpoles eventually.  Being kids, we didn't like to kill the tadpoles, they're so cute, so we left them all alone and one morning woke up to the sight of the beach literally writhing, hopping, jumping... millions of little frogs and toads.  You could not walk without stepping on them.  It really was like an invasion.  The birds and ducks were having a field day - they didn't even have to move to catch them - just stand there and peck them up - gulp!

        Biggest bufo I ever saw was one they had at the Museum of Science in Miami for a couple of years.  Darn thing was as big as a basketball - he ate dog food (if you leave dog or cat food on your porch, the toads will eat it).  I don't know what he measured from nose to butt, but he was one big fat huge toad!

        Around the house, the ones I see now are about as big as a softball (the big ones, most of them are regular tennis ball size).  We're always careful about walking the dogs with flashlights - my son has treated more than one case of Toad vs. Dog at the vet hospital.  

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 05:58:41 AM PST

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    •  Carl Haisson (5+ / 0-)

      says a good firm pitching wedge, with a full follow-through, is the best way to clear non native frogs from your yard.

    •  Ah. Livestock!!! n/t (0+ / 0-)

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