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Our New Meat Ant Overlords…

In the 1930s, Australian ecologists shortsightedly introduced the Cane Toad, a species indigenous to South America, to their isolated continent to eat agricultural pests. This famously proved to be a complete disaster with the toxic toads running rampant and native species poisoning themselves when they tried to make snacks of the delicious, dimwitted amphibians. Now…

Lady, the Toad Sucking Cocker Spaniel

“Toad licking” has been well documented around the world with secretions from many species causing intense hallucinations. In this 2006 NPR podcast, they tell the story of a poor cocker spaniel who became addicted to toad. “We noticed Lady (the cocker) spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard. Late…

Swedes Croak Their Way to Victory

Sweden has won the first ever European Bombina Song Contest, in what is surely Europe’s most sparsely attended Idol spinoff. Indigenous to the lowlands of Northern Europe, the fire-bellied toad or Bombina bombina is an endangered species that has attracted a small but fanatically loyal fan club of zoologists and ecologists. To bring attention to…

Monster Toad Captured!

“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive.” Cane toad, Bufo marinus The environmental group, Frogwatch, caught one of the largest specimens of toad ever discovered in Darwin, Australia on Tuesday. The apprehended toad is the size of a football and as heavy as a small sack of potatoes. Cane toads are…