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Bufo toads thrive as threats to pets
    #4600232 - 08/30/05 08:10 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)


Bufo toads thrive as threats to pets

The Associated Press
August 30. 2005 6:01AM

FORT PIERCE - Pillowcase in hand, George Ward darts across the tennis court, crisscrossing the service lines and weaving in and out of bounds.

His movements are calculated each sprint commences with a squat on the asphalt and then he's up again with a leap.

''Here, toady, toady, toady,'' Ward says after tossing a specimen into the cotton bag.

Twenty minutes and 32 bufo toads later, he's done, his back drenched in sweat, the bag damp with toad urine.

During the humid South Florida summers, the Cane Toad, or Bufo marinus, is in its prime, setting up house in moist cardboard boxes and dining on bugs and small animals.

To Ward, an invasive species collection care specialist at the Herpetological Breeding Research center in Fort Pierce, the commercial market for bufo toads, including demand at scientific research facilities and in western Europe as pets, represents a supplement for the facility's production costs.

But it is the exotic bufo toad's lack of natural predators that makes it an unwelcome neighbor to many Floridians.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, bufos made their first appearance in the state 1936 when the University of Florida's Agricultural Experiment Station released 200 of them in Palm Beach County to control sugar cane beetles.

''It wasn't a very well thought-out program because cane beetles tend to fly and toads don't,'' said Raymond Goushaw, the research center's owner.

Bufo toads hail from wet, hot climates like those found in Central America and the Amazon Basin, and early populations acclimated easily to Florida's subtropical weather.

Although they are most prolific south of Brevard County and Lake Okeechobee, bufos have started to make their way upstate by burrowing in the pots of plants used in landscaping, Goushaw said.

And as the bufo toad population continues to grow, small colonieslike those congregating on tennis courts in Port St. Lucie are becoming an increasing nuisance and potential hazard.

Bufo toads will eat almost anything made of protein - even fellow bufo toads - and they enjoy snacking on pet chow, placing them in proximity of pets fed outside.

When a cat or playful pup puts a bufo in its mouth, a pair of glands behind the toad's ears release a toxic milky substance that can prove deadly for animals under 40 pounds.

''I've had people tell me that their animal came in contact with a bufo and within five minutes, it was dead,'' said Ken Gioeli, a wildlife specialist with the St. Lucie County Agricultural Extension office of the University of Florida.

But contrary to common belief, bufos cannot squirt poison impulsively, Goushaw said.

The toxin is only released when the toad's parotid glands are squeezed.

Palm City veterinarian Michael Coughlan estimates that during the summer, he treats about one pet a week affected by bufo toad toxins.

He encourages pet owners to thoroughly rinse out their dog or cat's mouth if contact with a bufo is suspected.

A few years ago, St. Lucie Falls resident David Claeys was walking his fox terrier, Rocky, when the little dog lunged and attempted to gobble up a bufo toad.

By the time Claeys got Rocky to a vet, the dog couldn't stand and was convulsing.

Rocky survived the incident and eventually died of old age, but Claeys said he is still wary about walking his other dog after dark, when bufo toads abound.

To Ward, the only thing gross about bufos are the people who presumably lick them for the hallucinogenic potency of their poison.

''Me myself, I wouldn't lick a toad ... it's pretty heavy-duty stuff,'' he said. ''I wouldn't say it would kill somebody, but it's not fun to play with.''

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Re: Bufo toads thrive as threats to pets [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4602692 - 08/31/05 09:21 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

bufo alvarius is what u want....

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Re: Bufo toads thrive as threats to pets [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4607230 - 09/01/05 08:41 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Not that bad of an article until they perpetuate the stupid ass licking the toad myth!!!

as posted above....this toad does not produce 5-MeO DMT.....but instead something close, bufoteinin(sp? its early sorry)........



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Re: Bufo toads thrive as threats to pets [Re: Schwip]
    #4607409 - 09/01/05 11:03 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

it also does produce 5-MeO-DMT though too.

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