Are the Cane Toads Getting Bigger

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 20:26
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HI Everyone,

A friend emailed me this today - does anyone know where it was taken. Is it common to see them this big , certainly not around Brisbane to my knowledge, maybe up north Queensland.
Cheers,
GPM
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Reply By: SFCA- Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 20:41

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 20:41
HOLY CRAP BATMAN !!!!
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Reply By: Mandrake - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:08

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:08
Thats either a Vewwy big fwoggy or a very small person !!
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Reply By: Member - Paul W (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:09

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:09
Thats not a Cane Toad--- thats a Calf!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:24

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:24
I've killed thousand with my old bb gun, that I think would take my dad's 303, but if i see one I'm up to it.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:31

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:31
Try hitting that with a Golf Club, it would turn around and hit you
back lol lol. I have seen big Cane Toads but thats a Monster.

Cheers
Daza
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Reply By: OzTroopy - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:33

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:33
Theres a reason why they call them Bufo Marinus .... lol

Giant Toad is another title.

I suspect that photo ... if taken in Oz was taken a long time ago ... as I remember as a kid in NQ that many were near as big as footballs ... but as they have spread and evolved to the landscape they are much smaller in general.

Some writeups state that genetically they have changed as well, so they are not the same toad as originally released here.

Adaptive little buggers ... bit like cockroaches I guess.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:50

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:50
I'll have a go at trying to date it.

The green chair in the background was fashionable around 1990 to 1993. We had a set in Townsville at that time. They were prone to fading (getting a whitish hue on them). The one in the photo looks to be in good nick, so I don't think it was very old.

Around that time we saw thousands of Cane Toads but nothing ever approaching that size.

In line with what Doug says below, I reckon it is bogus.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:52

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:52
Also, the bloke seems to have a pair of large Sunglasses on his head. That style was in vogue at that time.

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Follow Up By: Top End Explorer Tours - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:51

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:51
Jim your dating method is not even close, read my response below.

Steve.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:06

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:06
Fair go Steve.

I was pretty good at Cluedo as a kid, now you've gone and burst my bubble :-)

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: robertbruce - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:53

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:53
we had one at reedy creek qld, 20yrs ago - a bucket just fit over it standing..
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 00:35

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 00:35
Imagine the quantity of poison that thing would be carrying!!!
It would give crows and kytes a backhander, and tell them to "frog off". Scary!
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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 01:07

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 01:07
Onya Saharaman.
Nice to see the Intelligencia backing the Media.
Why does the word "cretin" spring to mind?
(Sheesch: there goes my continued membership to EO in a flash)

GPM, 'Your' mail, so 'you verify'.

Hahaha. (Royalties to Gramps).
Apologies my friend, I failed to realise you were taking the bleep . A bit slow at times. Nice one.

Jeff H.

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 02:09

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 02:09
Like many photo's one finds on the internet they have been enhanced and made to look what they're not , look carefully how the leg is placed behind the left hand.


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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:42

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 06:42
You could be onto something there Doug.

A close look at the area between the torso and the hindquarters looks like it wasn't properly cleaned up before being superimposed.

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Follow Up By: brushmarx - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:01

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:01
I would have thought some toad shadow would be evident on the guy's right leg if it was real, and the shodow on the ground to the hoiders right side doesn't look kosher.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:10

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:10
Good one Ian.

This detective stuff is most amusing.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: Ace000 - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:19

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:19
Photoshoperised Kakadu 2007
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:19

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:19
This photo was take in Jabiru, I will ask Daniel next time I see him, he lives around the corner from me.

Cane toads have been in the southern part of Kakadu since 2001, So this could be about 2 years latter, about 6 years ago there was one caught in Pine Creek that was 200mm long and weighed 1 Kg.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:07

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:07
The image was found HERE

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:17

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 10:17
Have a look here



It is Bogus
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:44

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:44
It is what is known as a montage--the superimposing of one photograph over another and very easy to do .
Look at the fingers of the guys left hand--they are not curled around the leg of the toad as you would expect if he was gripping but are instead almost straight.
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