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"monster toad" found near darwin, australia

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DARWIN, Australia - An environmental group said Tuesday it had captured a "monster" toad the size of a small dog.

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With a body the size of a football and weighing nearly 2 pounds, the toad is among the largest specimens ever captured in Australia, according to Frogwatch coordinator Graeme Sawyer.

 

"It's huge, to put it mildly," he said. "The biggest toads are usually females but this one was a rampant male ... I would hate to meet his big sister."

 

Frogwatch, which is dedicated to wiping out a toxic toad species that has killed countless Australian animals, picked up the 15-inch-long cane toad during a raid on a pond outside the northern city of Darwin late Monday.

 

Cane toads were imported from South America during the 1930s in a failed attempt to control beetles on Australia's northern sugar cane plantations. The poisonous toads have proven fatal to Australia's delicate ecosystems, killing millions of native animals from snakes to the small crocodiles that eat them.

 

As part of its so-called "Toad Buster" project, Frogwatch conducts regular raids on local water holes, blinding the toads with bright lights then scooping them up by the dozen.

 

"We kill them with carbon dioxide gas, stockpile them in a big freezer and then put them through a liquid fertilizer process" that renders the toads nontoxic, Sawyer said.

 

"It turns out to be sensational fertilizer," he added.

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haha i saw this on CNN.... i once saw a gecko the size of a small cat in thailand... kind of like this toad

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I think cane toads are only big in the NT and Qld. I have never seen them in WA.

 

In Cairns though I went into my mates garden to hang a piss at dusk, and you should have heard how loud these things are! And there were heaps of them movign thru the bushes and shit I was pissing on. Seemed really freaky in the drunken state I was in.

 

I want Seffiks to go and catch one of the monsters hear his house, and I guarantee they are nowhere near that big.

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That would be so much fun to sit in youre backyard redneck style with a 40 of bud diesel and a .22 cal rifle and just blow them away from your patio...

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is he wearing a sweater or is that the hair on his arms?

 

well i can see the sleeve of his shirt ending before his elbow so i am thinking its hair but im really hoping its not

also you can see a watch on his left arm..

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