How very cool those are! I would feel indeed blessed to have those on my property. I'm saddened by all of the introductions of non-indigenous species that harm the native wildlife. Human beings seem to be so short-sighted in actions. Thank you for sharing these marvelous creatures with us.
Awesome article, love the photos now i am hungry and miss my pet too ! No I did not Eat It either but i did get a chance to try one of them little succulent creatures Hay don't knock it until ya try it !
i think they are pretty too and I do respect the conservation side of things , you just have to remember I have been quite a few places that them things think that you are their food not th other way around .
Good job on the Article and photos again i did enjoy it .
Lynn, thanks. Cane Toads have caused a lot of loss. Some species are learning to avoid them, some aren't. Then on top of that, they breed in such huge numbers they deplete the food for other species.
Brenda, efforts have been made to control them but a single female can lay 30,000 to 40,000 eggs. They just overwhelm the environment. I regularly remove them from my property, as do many other people. But a lot of others just aren't concerned. My attitude is that for every toad I remove it becomes a bit safer for the natives.
Sherry, you're right, they're a great animal. Those that introduced the toads just didn't think it through.
Sharon, glad you enjoyed it.
Chris, thanks, for an important issue I think it needs to be well presented.
Sarge, I'll let you in on a little secret (just between you and me), I eaten quite a few Goannas over the years, and they taste just great. Never did eat a Mertens though. But now with the toads decimating them I couldn't do it again.
I admit it was a few years ago and was the Goannas that I had eaten. and much like you due to changes unless I were to take a trip to an area where they were not endangered I would not be eating them again. although , there is one that is loose in a county just above ours and No One seems to want to deal with it the Lil feller has now gained the Massive Size of 6.5 Feet long , Yes here in Tennessee!
they thought it was a gator for a long time . till some one finally seen it then they said it was a Huge Lizard folks thought they were fibbing again a photo was taken and the Mystery was solved by this time it had grow to a massive size and become very allusive from folks even from the traps that the TWRA had set . and it is still loose . I hope too catch it in the spring as the reward has grown for the capture or the killing of it and you get to keep him too i do have several places that I am working with to get him as they are losing some of their stock to him .
You would be right ! it is funny 3 days ago it was not confirmed what type it actually was . However, one of the "Large Steal Live Traps" I had Made worked, I had made a 6 ft X 8 ft Steal Cage and put a live bait (guarded so it could not be Hurt) and some other Meat in the cage . It worked. although I did not get to keep the Critter ( I am MAD & VERY IRRITATED) They will be sending it to a Zoo after an "All go check-up for health & welfare"
I guess it is for the best so others can enjoy the Critter that "Survived the South" and I did sign the waver so he could "Live a Better Life" Oh well ! I guess it is for the better , he would have been tough anyway !
Congratulations on a successful capture. They use the same methods for trapping and monitoring Komodo Dragons on the island as we do for crocs here. Have a look at my croc article on this cubit, you'll probably find it interesting:
that was a very good article i did enjoy it . even though I did not get to "Grill the feller " it was a Good Adversary and a challenge, He did earn his Freedom & Life for Surviving the harsh Cold in Tennessee . I still wonder what he would have tasted like though on the Barbie-Q .... OH Well I guess it it is good too be Nice once in a while .... really though he will be much happer in a warm place !
Whilst first starting as a Crocodile Cubit, questions/comments about other reptiles made me decide to broaden it to other reptiles as well, and frogs. There's very many groups and species but I'll cover what I come in contact with and photograph.