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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-04-29 00:35

Wild common toads, female on top, male below. Note the scar on the female, guess she's some lucky lady :tup:

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Postby Dan » 2007-04-29 08:56

wow, looks like the frog managed to get away from a cat of maybe even a fox. what do you think? tooth mark? thats my guess
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-04-29 15:06

They are toads Dan :P but you could be right as to what might of caused the injury. I am not sure if all toads have the capability, but the British common toad does, in that when threatened they secrete a toxic, or a bad tasting fluid, which is how it probably survived becoming a meal for what ever did attack it. :tup:
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Postby Dan » 2007-04-29 15:10

yer i never known the difference between frogs and toads.... they look pretty similar so as far as im concerned they are all frogs lol.
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Postby Kev » 2007-04-29 16:40

Mick is correct about the toxins, all.. or pretty much all amphibians can and will secrete a toxin to protect themselves (go on saracen, what was that saying again...) This toxin probably made whatever attacked the toad let go.

Great pics Mick and great subjects, can't beat a bit of native wildlife :D
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-04-29 20:38

Hehe, what lovely toadies!
That is quite a good scar - could even have been bird attack. Lots of creatures eat frogs and toads.

I love their eyes - so gold.
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Postby saracen » 2007-05-01 08:56

Kev wrote:(go on saracen, what was that saying again...)

Do you know, I have no idea what you are talking about?!? Help out a senile old girl will you! Giggle!

Nice pics Mick, we get the odd toad visiting our little pond, big ugly brutes! But loveable too...
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Postby Kev » 2007-05-01 15:47

saracen wrote: Do you know, I have no idea what you are talking about?!? Help out a senile old girl will you! Giggle!

Never put ap raw amphibian....
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Postby saracen » 2007-05-01 15:51

*Much giggling...*

Oh, yes! I remember! Warning...Never put a raw amphibian in your mouth! I wonder if we are allowed to put cooked ones in?

*More giggling*

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-05-01 18:58

*sighs and looks at the ceiling* You've started her off again Kev.

And yes, lots of cultures eat cooked amphibians.
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Postby oxymoron » 2007-05-01 23:36

lots of cultures lick raw ones too... or is that just on the simpsons when Homer licks a toad? :)
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2007-05-02 03:42

:rofl: :rofl: :crazy:
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Postby saracen » 2007-05-02 10:47

I would stay away from the pretty bright blue ones though! :rofl:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-05-02 15:01

Actually, you're right. A certain species of amphibian produces a natural halluciogenic when stressed.

However, it's not just the pretty blue ones that're deadly, there's golden ones, orange ones - most shades of the rainbow in fact. Purples are NASTY for giving really bad stomach cramps I gather.
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Postby carpy » 2007-05-27 20:09

hey all, it looks to me like that scar is from a heron attack. its in the right place, with the right wound shape. herons are quite susceptable to a lil frog/toad or two, but i guess this was the lucky one!

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