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Offline Rena

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« on: July 12, 2010, 10:51:23 AM »
How do you like this frog found here in Paarl?



(I can forward the mail it was in to anyone who would like to see the larger view - don't know how to enlarge it to that size)
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Re: Frog
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 13:40:37 PM »
Dis 'n padda en 'n half!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 13:43:56 PM »
 :o geez, can you imagine what a hit frogs like those would be in France.... would be like eating a ch-i-ck-en leg  LOL  That is a huge frog, think I would freak if I found something like that outside
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Re: Frog
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 08:26:51 AM »
Wow!!
That is big.
Wonder if it is a frog or a toad ???
Now how does it go " all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads "

Yes Rena
I would like to have a closer look, but please do not post it, a pix will do, it might eat Sweet Thing
Thanks ;D


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Re: Frog
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2010, 13:40:59 PM »
Rena,
      Is that what  is known as the "Jan Blom' in your area?  If I remember correctly they seem to burrow in wet soil and make a sound like a baby when hurt.

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2010, 14:24:45 PM »
Bennie -

I've never seen one before in real life - and certainly don't want to - but have heard it called the Cape rain frog (breviceps something). 

All I know is that I'm not working in any wet soil in the garden.......as a child I used to be paralysed by fear when I saw a frog, but have grown to love the little (not bigger than 5cm body) fellows in the garden and we have lots of them - but when it gets to the bigger guys (platannas, brulpaddas etc) I steer clear of them.  (Maybe The Dog that digs so many holes in our garden should be confronted with one of these big rain frogs when she next digs a hole - might scare her off digging.......)
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Re: Frog
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 14:52:43 PM »
Thanks for the close up pix Rena

It looks very much like the sugar cane toad, Bufo marinus that was deliberately introduced here in mid 1930's to control some sugar cane beetle in Queensland.

Now they are spreading far and wide destroying native fauna and honey bees.They have been sighted in Darwin of recent times and it is predicted  over the next few years they will also go down south as far as Sydney - apparently they hitch rides on transport trucks.

If you also have them there you would be experiencing similar problems to us as they thrive in temperatures 5C-40C




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Re: Frog
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 16:35:50 PM »
That looks like a photoshop frog to me!

Those cane toads sound like nasty creatures Abby. Aren't they very poisonous for dogs?

We get Bufo pardalis here, but I like them.

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Re: Frog
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 16:53:56 PM »
Are you sure it's not Paul minus 4 legs..?    ???
« Last Edit: July 15, 2010, 16:59:18 PM by cecile »

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Re: Frog
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2010, 17:38:44 PM »
That looks like a photoshop frog to me!

I'll be very relieved if it is photoshop's doing.........
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2010, 01:15:43 AM »
Those cane toads sound like nasty creatures Abby. Aren't they very poisonous for dogs?

Yes toxic to cats,dogs,humans, birds and other wildlife and decimating the native amphibian population in its path as they spread. It is a sorry state of affairs, so far have not reached us.

That looks like a photoshop frog to me!
We get Bufo pardalis here, but I like them.

Photoshop??? I do not think so and definitely not Bufo pardalis.
The reason for my thoughts is that this photo was used SCWF Mirror on November 20 2007 at 07:46 PM when photoshop was not nearly as popular for photo manipulation - the size of this toad is within the realms of a Cane toad and it looks like one.

With my curiosity aroused I wrote to SCWF administrator in which you will find a link to the article and photo

"Hi Sir Les
 
I refer to the photo on SWCF Mirror dated November 20 2007 at 07:46 PM
with link attached
 
http://larrybiggs.net/scwf/index.php?mod=103&action=0&id=1195616778
 
Can you please tell me where the picture of the cane toad was taken ?? And  is the person with the toad Larry Biggs?
 
I've recently came across this photo in another Forum suggesting it is a frog from Paarl in South Africa???
 
Many Thanks
Abby "

The reply came but of little help

"Hi Abby,
 
I'm afraid I have no idea where the photo was taken nor who the man is -- I just grabbed it off the 'net.  I do know it's certainly not Larry Biggs!
 
Whilst I'm no expert on frogs and toads, it sure looks like a cane toad to me.  But then, what do I know? :)
 
Regards,
 
Sir Les."


If that photo was taken in Paarl back in 2007 and it is a Cane toad I would venture to suggest that you have major concerns and the appropriate authority should be advised to take action as your climate is not unfamiliar to ours. :(
Can you get further info on the photo ??? It certainly looks like the one in the link supplied above.



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Re: Frog
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2010, 03:55:24 AM »
I got some more info on the picture

www.sideshowworld.com/TY-GSS-Chap31.html

Scroll over half way down

It is the Goliath frog (Conraua goliath). They come from Cameroon in West Africa.

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Re: Frog
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2010, 09:12:18 AM »
    Abby - :    :clap:    :clap:    :clap:
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Re: Frog
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2010, 10:03:37 AM »
Abby -

Well done!  Are you a PI in your spare time ;D ;D ;D ;

All I can say is that I'm more gullible than I thought :-[ :-[ :-[.........I really believed that it was from around the corner.......our email said it was taken in Lemoenkloof which is about 200 meters from us.....but it's a huge relief to know it's not a local padda!!  I can garden today with a little less wariness...............
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2010, 10:51:29 AM »
Abby -
Well done!  Are you a PI in your spare time ;D ;D ;D ;
No Rena
I just like to keep an eye on you and make sure you stay on your toes  LOL

I thought it was from around here too  ??? :-[ :-[ :-[......... Was sure it was one of our horrid toxic toads.

Just do not get too relaxed - apparently the Goliath frog leaps some 3 meters at a time.  ;)
The cane toads here have spread from Brisbane to Darwin which is over 3000 km away. The only thing that has stopped them going further south to Sydney is the cooler winter.
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