Toad kill

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Su­sanna Beyer

ROUND ’ EM UP: Frog ex­pert from JCU Dr Ross Al­ford with Coun­cil­lor Vern Veitch THE North’s cane toad scourge can jump but they can’t hide when peo­ple de­clare war on them tonight.

The Toad Day Out is when the coun­cil calls on res­i­dents to head out­side to catch toads and win prizes, in­clud­ing a week­end at Bal­gal Beach, tro­phies and Ana­conda vouch­ers for those who can col­lect the most.

Coun­cil­lor Vern Veitch said at the end of the event, the toads would be hu­manely killed.

Some will be given to a l ocal t axi­der­mist and most will go to James Cook Univer­sity for re­search pur­poses.

‘‘ The best time to catch toads is from sun­set un­til about 11pm and your best am­mu­ni­tion is a spot­light, some dog food, a torch, gloves and plas­tic bags,’’ Cr Veitch said.

‘‘ The goal is to catch as many cane toads as you can, store them safely the toad must be no less than 50mm in length,’’ he said.

Dr Al­ford ad­vised peo­ple to use hands and a pair of gloves to catch the slip­pery crea­tures.

‘‘ Also hav­ing a head torch is re­ally good as it leaves your hands free,’’ he said. ‘‘ The toads are of­ten wary, but any­one with phys­i­cal agility can catch them.

‘‘ Toads do have a toxic se­cre­tion so it is not a bad idea to wear gloves and be care­ful to not get the se­cre­tion in your eyes as it hurts like crazy.

‘‘ At night leave your lights on be­cause even though the toads don’t like white light, they do like a feed on the bugs that are at­tracted to the white light.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion, call NQ Dry Trop­ics on 4 7 2 4 3 5 4 4 , Townsville City Coun­cil on 4727 9000 or you can log on to www. frogsnot­cane­toads. com. au.

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