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Knee-high fence to halt poisonous Australian toads


 

Knee-high fence to halt poisonous Australian toads

Australia’s popular Kimberley wilderness region has resorted to a long knee-high fence to keep out the poisonous cane toad, which is rapidly overrunning the tourist attraction.

Knee-high fence to halt poisonous Australian toads

Cane toad’s secrete a toxin that can kill pets and wildlife Photo: AFP/GETTY

A 1.25 mile barrier will be erected at Emma Gorge, made from cloth mesh to allow other animals to move through while keeping out the toads, prolific breeders which secrete a toxin that can kill pets and wildlife.

Stop the Toad Foundation campaign manager Kim Hands said hundreds of thousands of toads had penetrated the area, threatening native species.

"Experience in the past has been that it has been really efficient," she said of the fence.

The cane toad has spread widely in tropical Australia since being introduced to kill beetles in the 1930s, devouring insects, bird’s eggs and native species such as the quoll, a catlike marsupial.

But a recent investigation by the University of Melbourne showed that the toad – up to 10 inches long and 4.4 pounds in weight – has an Achilles’ heel

Knee-high fence to halt poisonous Australian toads – Telegraph

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March 16, 2011 - Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, Entertainement, Health, nature, Weird |

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