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Australia's 'Toadzilla'
      #373327 - 20/01/23 09:36 PM

what did you guys are do when seeing a cane toad in the wild? being there as a tourist I would try to take them out whenever meet them. is .22 lr a good answer?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-64341453

"Australia's 'Toadzilla': Record-breaking cane toad found in Queensland


A cane toad so giant wildlife officers thought it was fake has been found in a north Australian rainforest.

The "monster" specimen is six times bigger than the average toad, weighs 2.7kg, and could break a world record.

Dubbed "Toadzilla", the animal was quickly placed in a container and removed from the wild.

Toads - which were first introduced to Australia in 1935 - are one of the country's most damaging pests and are now estimated to number over 2 billion.

When park ranger Kylee Gray first spotted the massive amphibian while out on patrol in Queensland, she couldn't believe her eyes.

"I've never seen anything so big," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"[It looked] almost like a football with legs. We dubbed it Toadzilla."

Her team quickly captured Toadzilla - believed to be a female - and returned to base to weigh her. They knew she would be heavy, but were surprised to find she could set a new world record.

The current Guinness World Record for the largest toad - 2.65kg - was set by a pet toad in Sweden named Prinsen in 1991.

Ms Gray says this giant specimen likely bulked out on a diet of insects, reptiles and small mammals.

"A cane toad that size will eat anything it can fit into its mouth," she said.

Toads have no natural predators in Australia and the poisonous species have wrought havoc on native animal populations.

Ms Gray isn't sure how old Toadzilla was - the species can live up to 15 years in the wild - but believes she has "been around a long time".

Toadzilla has since been euthanised, as is standard practice in Australia for the pests, and will be donated to the Queensland Museum."


also an interesting link abou the bin chicken https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-63699884

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: lancaster]
      #373330 - 20/01/23 11:03 PM

Definitely a 6.5 Creedmoor!

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: NitroX]
      #373334 - 21/01/23 01:02 AM

in florida they shoot the jguanas with airguns but in the wild a rimfire ist maybe more praktical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6wTvesjjkQ

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: lancaster]
      #373338 - 21/01/23 03:36 AM

When my grandfather lived in Honduras, running a banana plantation around 1910, there were a lot of iguanas. He used to shoot them with his Savage 1907 32. My grandmother said that he got very good at knocking them out of trees and that they tasted very good.
I don't think that the hunters in Florida are eating those iguanas.
I wonder if the large toads taste like. May be a great delicacy.
I would think a good pcpo rifle would be fine for the toads and the local populatrion may be more accepting than someone hunting with a "firearm".

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: lancaster]
      #373342 - 21/01/23 05:06 AM

Quote:

in florida they shoot the jguanas with airguns but in the wild a rimfire ist maybe more praktical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6wTvesjjkQ




Iguanna Solutions is a better channel, with Jessica.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo2nyKgA9_g&ab_channel=IguanaSolutions

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: DarylS]
      #373354 - 21/01/23 11:15 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC91AdgoclY

Could watch this stuff all day!

A few niggly concerns about firing at sky-lined targets in urban areas, firing over water in populated marinas etc, but quickly overshadowed by....
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Jessica!

But back on topic, a plug for the original cane toad movie:
An Unnatural History.

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      #373360 - 21/01/23 02:07 PM

Quote:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC91AdgoclY

Could watch this stuff all day!

A few niggly concerns about firing at sky-lined targets in urban areas, firing over water in populated marinas etc, but quickly overshadowed by....
...er....well....
Jessica!





That was a good video.

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Re: Australia's 'Toadzilla' [Re: Marrakai]
      #373362 - 21/01/23 02:45 PM

daryl use this as an excuse to look for scantely dressed woman but I like to see the Drathhaar retrieve iguanas











thats freaking strange

good docu marakai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SBLf1tsoaw&t=143s
very entertaining too

what would be the trick? if the government would pay 10 cent each or will people not move for this.
maybe they have to pay 50 cent, for big ones over 4" long 1 $?

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      #373370 - 21/01/23 07:16 PM

My dog used to like chewing on lizards. Afterwards he would also always vomit from it. He didn't chew them up so something on their skins must have caused the reaction.

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      #373371 - 21/01/23 07:19 PM




That is simply one huge case toad. Scary!

Amazing one could grow to such a size.

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      #373378 - 21/01/23 08:36 PM

is it true the cane toads poison kill barramundi and even the mighty salti?

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      #373381 - 22/01/23 12:10 AM

Reptiles yes, fish no.
Crocs are definitely susceptible to cane toad poisoning, particularly the freshwater species, but I have caught both jungle perch and sooty grunters with well-digested toads in their guts and they fought the line as strongly as any game-fish (and I ate them!), so I presume barra are unaffected as well.

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      #373382 - 22/01/23 01:42 AM

thanks marrakai, its amazing this little creatures are able to poisoning a croc

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      #373400 - 22/01/23 10:14 AM

Indeed, amazing. I really missed not being able to fish for Barra (with someone) in 2020. Had to head home, oh well.

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      #373401 - 22/01/23 10:18 AM

Quote:




That is simply one huge case toad. Scary!

Amazing one could grow to such a size.




We had toads that big and larger in South Western Ontario, but non -poisonous.

Remember the first Harry Potter movie - toads that large - huge.

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      #373419 - 23/01/23 05:10 AM

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Indeed, amazing. I really missed not being able to fish for Barra (with someone) in 2020. Had to head home, oh well.




A great pity. All that guff over something less dangerous than the annual flu.

If you hadn't gone home, you could have fished for a year or two.

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      #373424 - 23/01/23 05:39 AM

That would have been great!! Maybe not so much for Tracy.
Air Canada cancelled our $1,500.00 each, flights from Adelaide. To re-book, they became $15,000.00 ea, flights.
We got West Jet flights for $1,500.00 ea.

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      #373429 - 23/01/23 05:51 AM

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That would have been great!! Maybe not so much for Tracy.
Air Canada cancelled our $1,500.00 each, flights from Adelaide. To re-book, they became $15,000.00 ea, flights.
We got West Jet flights for $1,500.00 ea.




I know. Ridiculous gouging.

Did you pats $15000 or $1500?

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      #373435 - 23/01/23 11:33 AM

On the drive back, almost to Sydney, we were able to book the West Jet flights to Van. for $1,500 each.
Still lost $5,000.00 to $6,000.00 on pre-bookings form Adelaide up to Alice Springs, then North to Darwin, over to Cairns, then down to Sydney to come home, not refunded. Tracy knows the exact amount as she did all the bookings and months of trying to get refunds.
We made it 10 days, of a 6 week vacation. got to visit with Homer, missed out seeing Mat.

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