huge toad takes over

toxic cane toad - These toads have proven fatal to Australia's delicate ecosystems.
@deebomb (15323)
United States
March 27, 2007 2:26pm CST
In Australia an environmental group is are trying to eradicate the toxic monster cane toad that was imported from South America in the 1930s to eat cane beetles. Instead the toads are killing millions of native animals from snakes to the small crocodiles that eat them. These toads can get as big 2 lbs. The environmental group a volunteer-run organization, called Frogwatch, conduct night raids near northern city of Darwin.using bright lights that blind the toas. The toads are then scooped up killed with carbon dioxide gas then converted to fertilizer. Some time we try to improve our ecology by importing plants and animal from a different invironment to improve our own but as you can see we fail miserably.
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@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
7 Apr 07
These are not only awfully ugly looking but they are a pest ... they were introduced into Australia to get rid of the cane beetles but instead became a larger pest plus they didn't do anything about the cane beetles. They were introduced long before Australia knew the risks of these rotten creatures, same as the rabbits were. Now they too are a pest and even though many attempts have been made to eradicate both of them, they seem to increase in numbers after a short time. It seems that they are travelling south and west, sometimes "hopping" a lift on the trucks or containers which bring produce from North Queensland to the other areas. Truckies take all the care that they can, but sometimes the rotten blighters get caught up in spaces that are just not seen by the truckie when he is checking the truck.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
17 Apr 07
Thanks very much for best response here.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
17 Apr 07
your welcome