New Orleans Times-Picayune, December 1993
One of the volunteers, Mick Durant, explained how he got involved in the toad rescue:
``I just went down the lane one day when it was wet and warm to buy a packet of cigarettes, and I saw all these poor little animals on the ground just splattered everywhere.''
``I mean, I'm a builder and builders are supposed to be strong. But driving home one night and seeing all the dead toads, I just sat in my car and cried.''
AP, March 1994
The Brisbane City Council is now promoting cane toad busting as a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. One Brisbane radio station even offered a free trip to Hawaii to whoever caught the most cane toads in a week.
But, gone are the days of simply whacking the toads with cricket bats or golf clubs. As part of the new emphasis on toad busting as family fun, the toads are now collected in plastic bags and killed humanely by freezing them to death. Said one toad expert, ``We don't want anyone to be cruel to animals. It's not the toad's fault that they are here.''
Reuters, October 1994
AP, June 1995
According to local folklore, Windham residents were scared witless one night in 1754 by an incredible noise. Some prayed for salvation, while others attempted to chase away the mysterious invaders with an armed attack, firing guns at the source of the noise.
In the morning, settlers found hundreds of dead frogs in a nearby mill pond. The noise was apparently made by frogs fighting among themselves for space as the pond was drained.
AP/Boston Globe, July 1995
But, Black said, ``We had to kill some of them. We had to slice them into ribbons to measure their little tiny guts -- they really are tiny.''
Reuters/AP, March 1995
Meanwhile, a small but devoted fan club is hoping to get the frogs named as the official mascots of the Sydney Olympics. Their green and gold stripes match the colors of the Australian team, and, according to one biologist, "The frogs are good at long-jumping and high-jumping".
Wall Street Journal, August 2, 1995
The cute green frogs, the size of a dime to a quarter, arrived in shipments of agricultural goods, possibly in potted plants, researchers say.
Instead of croaking, they chirp -- loud and often. Individual males have piercing chirps that reach as high as 90 to 100 decibels from a foot and a half away. That's comparable to a lawn mower, table saw or helicopter, according to the University of Hawaii's Speech Pathology and Audiology department.
The frogs were first noticed in the mid-1980s in rural Kurtistown on the Big Island, but have since spread to parts of Oahu, Maui and Kauai.
From a dozen population sites early last year, the frogs have spread to 150 places on the Big Island, and the state has set up a hot line where residents can call to report their appearance.
They don't create a major problem in their native Caribbean, where natural predators control their population. But with an exponential reproduction rate and no enemies other than angry humans, the frog population in Hawaii has exploded.
In some areas, there are more than 8,000 frogs per acre.
AP, December 28, 2000
Read more about the frog invasion
American bullfrogs introduced as a joke 20 years ago are displacing
native frog species in the Aquitaine region of France. The French are
especially unhappy because the bullfrogs aren't as tasty as the local
ABCNews.com, Apr 03, 2001
France Overrun by Giant Frogs
"What's two feet long, weighs four-and-a-half pounds and eats almost
anything in its path?"
Jump back to the Froggy Page!
American bullfrogs introduced as a joke 20 years ago are displacing native frog species in the Aquitaine region of France. The French are especially unhappy because the bullfrogs aren't as tasty as the local species.
ABCNews.com, Apr 03, 2001