Toxic bufo toads prove fatal to pets

Toxic bufo toads prove fatal to pets

There are 140 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 12, 2007, titled Toxic bufo toads prove fatal to pets. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

There's nothing comely about shot-put-size toads. They repulse. They are big and brown and look like they could leave a bruise if they leap at you.

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Councilman Doug

United States

#1 Nov 12, 2007
"Wildlife experts say the most humane choice is to pop them into a plastic bag and then put them in a freezer for a couple of days or smack them with a shovel."

Interesting? I utilized the same methodology for removing my Mother-In-Law from my happy home.

I never quite thought of freezing a living thing to death over a few days or smacking a living thing with a shovel as humane?
Boo

Fort Myers, FL

#2 Nov 12, 2007
I guess a picture of the frog would be too much to ask expect from this paper.
THE BLAME GAME

Hialeah, FL

#3 Nov 12, 2007
Toads have been around for ages. Take care when your animals are out side as well as children too. All living creatures have a purpose in life big or small. For all you brain heads out there know. It just might be another cure for something that has never been explored. Check that out and pay$ me when your finished. We’ll just blame this on lack of pet responsibility.
Helio

Delray Beach, FL

#4 Nov 12, 2007
If you take a 5 iron, you can chip these toads into your neighbor's yard.
Just don't hit them too hard or they will burst.
SunSent

Delray Beach, FL

#5 Nov 12, 2007
Boo wrote:
I guess a picture of the frog would be too much to ask expect from this paper.
I am the SunSentinel, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

ahahahahahhahaahha
Helio

Delray Beach, FL

#6 Nov 12, 2007
Keith needs to do his damn homework.

Species Account: The giant toad primarily occurs naturally from the Amazon Basin in South America north to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

The Florida population is probably of Colombian origin and is the result of pet trade escapes and deliberate introductions (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999). In 1936, the University of Florida's Agricultural Experiment Station released 200 giant toads from Puerto Rico at Canal Point and Belle Glade in Palm Beach County to control sugar cane pests, but the toads disappeared in less than 1 year (Riemer 1958, Krakauer 1968). Two other attempted toad introductions in the 1940s by sugar companies at Clewiston, Glades County, and Pennsuco, Dade County, also failed (Duellman and Schwartz 1958, Riemer 1958, Krakauer 1970). The present population originated from the accidental release in 1955 of approximately 100 toads by an importer at the Miami International Airport (King and Krakauer 1966). These toads spread when a canal was constructed in 1958 linking the Blue Lagoon with South Florida's extensive canal system.
just been lucky

Miami, FL

#7 Nov 12, 2007
Councilman Doug wrote:
I never quite thought of freezing a living thing to death over a few days or smacking a living thing with a shovel as humane?
What would you prefer? Lethal injection?
Firing squad?
Jim

United States

#8 Nov 12, 2007
My Papillon dog frequently encounters these things. She gets excitable and froths at the mouth, but that's all. She never had a seizure and is 'fine' after an hour. I'm wondering if some dogs can become immune to the toxin after a while?
THE BLAME GAME

Hialeah, FL

#9 Nov 12, 2007
Do a search on your computer but don't type in marine frog because there are a difference between the two frogs Marine Toad vs. Bufo toad short for Buffalo Toad the bufo is the king of all frogs and the largest that I know of.
Yorkie

AOL

#12 Nov 12, 2007
My dog died in 8 minutes. Very sad.

“"Man Bites Dog"”

Since: Dec 06

The Moon & Other Planets

#13 Nov 12, 2007
just been lucky wrote:
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What would you prefer? Lethal injection?
Firing squad?
Old Sparky would be a nice touch. I can hear the snap, crackle and pop of that moist skin now. LOL!

I just found that the term "humanly" just didn't fit with freezing to death or being whacked with a shovel. When I think of the word humanely I conjure up visions of dying of old age with lots of virgins to service you in the afterlife. I realize that there is not a painless, perfect way of eradicating them from South Florida.

“"Man Bites Dog"”

Since: Dec 06

The Moon & Other Planets

#14 Nov 12, 2007
Jim wrote:
My Papillon dog frequently encounters these things. She gets excitable and froths at the mouth, but that's all. She never had a seizure and is 'fine' after an hour. I'm wondering if some dogs can become immune to the toxin after a while?
Your dog has never gotten a full blast from biting down on them. He/She probably sniffs at them and possibly licks them but does not bite. Your dog actually is getting high but not poisoned. You have been lucky.
Daisy Duke

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Nov 12, 2007
Jim wrote:
My Papillon dog frequently encounters these things. She gets excitable and froths at the mouth, but that's all. She never had a seizure and is 'fine' after an hour. I'm wondering if some dogs can become immune to the toxin after a while?
I think that's probably the other variety. My little Min Pin got hold of a small toad one time and had the same symptoms. I was terrified and thought she would die but I washed her mouth out right away and she was fine. All toads have the secretion from their skin but not all are toxic like the Bufo.
Hug a Vet

United States

#16 Nov 12, 2007
Human beings wreak far more havoc on nature than the bufo toad ever has. They kill our pets only to protect themselves. Keep an eye on your pet and it will be just fine.
Rusty

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Nov 12, 2007
just been lucky wrote:
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What would you prefer? Lethal injection?
Firing squad?
Yes, it seems that death by either freezing or drowning would be more humane and "cleaner" than either electricution or injection. I wonder if these methods were ever considered? For the toads, a shotgun is the way to go.
Jess

United States

#18 Nov 12, 2007
Helio wrote:
If you take a 5 iron, you can chip these toads into your neighbor's yard.
Just don't hit them too hard or they will burst.
LOL!!!!!!!!
Sue

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Nov 12, 2007
I don't feel it's very moral of the newspaper to tell anyone how to kill anything! If you don't bother these creatures, they don't seek you out to bother you. We have them around our property, and notice them once in a while, but, I would never think to "stomp" them out. They come and go and we never give them a second thought. And yes, we do have a dog, but the dog leaves them alone too. No more examples on how to kill anything - there is enough of that going on without your newpaper adding to it.
John in Miami

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Nov 12, 2007
To make a "Toad Slayer", you attached three 16 penny nails to end of a long sturdy stick.
dave

United States

#21 Nov 12, 2007
the most humane way to kill them is take a plastic bag, turn it inside out and pick them up, making the bag right side then put bleach or house hold amonia in the bag. They breath thru their skin and die within minutes. They are deadly to small dogs mostly toy breeds.
Native Floridian

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 Nov 12, 2007
Boo wrote:
I guess a picture of the frog would be too much to ask expect from this paper.
I couldn't of said that any better!

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