Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Toad of a Different Color

From The Daily Telegraph:


March 27, 2007 12:00

A CANE toad the size of a small dog has been caught by a pest eradication group in the Northern Territory.

FrogWatch, a group culling the introduced menace across the Northern Territory, has found a toad measuring 20cm in length and weighing 860gm.

Volunteers discovered the whopping hopper and 38 smaller toads at Lee Point in the city's northern surburbs.

FrogWatch's Graeme Sawyer said the monster toad was the size of a small dog.

"The only bigger cane toad I've seen is in a specimen bottle in a museum in Brisbane," he said.

"I reckon I've probably seen 50,000-60,000 cane toads in the last 12 months and there is nothing even remotely close to this thing."

Mr Sawyer said he was surprised by the toad's sex. (Aww Yeah - ed. note)

"The biggest toads are usually females, but this one is a rampant male," he said.

"He is huge; I would hate to meet his big sister.

"The highly publicised big female caught in the city recently was little over 15 centimetres, this monster is another five centimetres long and one-third heavier."

A number of toad busts have been organised by FrogWatch to minimise the pest's spread during the wet season.

Thanks to Brett the Mad Scientist for bringing this to our awkward attention.


At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is obviously evolution at work...beware the giant toad people...

At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see Dennis Miller on Daily Show last night? Man did he fall off hard. I couldn't think of a better forum in which to raise this issue.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger j a k e said...

I did see the show and I completely agree. What a wank.

Speaking of wank, I think Toad better turn off the scrambled Spice and post before his streak is ruined.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger j a k e said...

real quick. I call all rights to Scrambled Spice as a band name.

Anybody want to be in a band?

At 11:08 PM, Blogger The Awkward Toad said...

We do. And we started guitar lessons again to learn music theory.


(Scrambled Spice is a great band name.)

At 11:26 PM, Blogger The Awkward Toad said...

Also, we saw D. Miller as well and we feel like he is pushing the conservative shit real far - like he's more a pundit than a comedian these days - hard to stomach

At 7:29 AM, Blogger SMangat said...

When did he become unfunny? I think that his complete failure on MNFootball crushed him forever.

I'm down with Scrambled Spice too. I don't really know what I bring to the band other than a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that only a man who has lived in Romania can. Actually it's more like a 'nu stiu ce' but that's just splitting hairs.


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