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  1. New trap has cane toads on the hop

    Posted May 01st 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney A competition to find the most effective way of trapping the dreaded cane toad as it hops its way across Australia has been won by a mechanic from a town on the front line of the amphibians' relentless advance. The Great Cane Toad Trap contest was launched last year by the government of the Northern Territory, which called on amateur inventors ...

  2. 'Daughterless gene' could stop toads in their tracks

    Posted Jun 09th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires in Sydney The much despised cane toad, one of Australia's most destructive pests, may be about to meet its match- a 'daughterless gene' that would ensure female ... attempt to control sugar cane beetles. If successfully engineered, it would ensure that cane toads bred themselves out of existence, with millions of lonely males eventually dwindling ...

  3. A live hot toady for a free cool beer

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Billy Adams

    ... ugly and poisonous toads across Australia. They were first introduced in Queensland 70 years ago in a disastrous attempt to eradicate cane beetles. Ever since they have spread at an alarming ... Billy Adams in Sydney It's traditional for Australians to bludgeon the despised cane toad to death with a golf club or cricket bat. Now another national pastime- beer- has been ...

  4. SPCA outrage over 'cane toad golf'

    Posted Jun 08th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... to the toads, which were introduced to Australia in the 1930s to prey on sugar cane beetles and have since bred in their many millions. The city has produced a list of its inhabitants' favourite ... Nick Squires in Sydney An Australian city has outraged animal welfare groups by advocating that locals take up the sport of 'cane toad golf'- beating to death the country's ...

  5. Letters

    Posted Jul 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yuen, Tai Kok Tsui Toads must die Cane toads are poisonous, Michele Kalish ('Mistreatment of toads is wrong,' June 20). A quick Google search would have revealed to you that cane toads ... to native frogs and fish. They are not suitable as pets for children. Much as I, in general, abhor cruelty to animals, the only good cane toad is a dead cane toad. Julie Moffat, Ma On Shan ...

  6. Next stop W Australia for cane toads after pests breach Darwin's defences

    Posted Mar 13th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... I caught three on my first outing,' she said, probing the darkness for Australia's most reviled alien invader- the cane toad. Seventy years after being introduced from Hawaii ... a toadbuster, the toads would eventually be busted.' MARCH OF THE TOAD 102 cane toads first introduced to Australia from Hawaii in 1935 to eat cane beetles Population now estimated at more than 100 ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... government that has the courage to implement this very necessary policy. P. A. Crush, Sha Tin Mistreatment of toads is wrong I refer to the report about the alleged mistreatment of a breed of toad in the Australian city of Townsville ('SPCA outrage over 'cane toad golf' ', June 8). These toads may be notorious pests, but to beat them to death is cruel and inhumane treatment. Toads ...

  8. Think before you decide to hate

    Posted Mar 11th 2007, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Brave author persuades us to rethink our prejudices against unattractive things, writes John Millen The cane toad is Australia's ugliest and most disliked animal. It is slimy ... Gleitzman is always up for a challenge- and he certainly faced a big one when he began to write Toad Rage. The open roads in Queensland, Australia are perfect places to practice cane toad squashing. ...

  9. A touch of sadness

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... Gleitzman is currently working on a book about a girl growing up in a strict Christian household. His newest book, Toad Surprise, is about two cane toads in Australia searching for Santa Claus. ... Writer tells Sara Yin why it's good for children to cry over stories Morris Gleitzman, arguably Australia's most famous children's author, isn't afraid of making his ...

  10. Bookwrao

    Posted Mar 27th 2007, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Bowler Published by Hodder Children's Books ISBN 0 340 88175 5 New mission The cane toad is Australia's ugliest and most disliked animal. Only a daring writer would make a cane toad the hero of a novel. But Morris Gleitzman is always up for a challenge- and he certainly faced a big one when he began to write Toad Rage. Limpy is a cane toad who is on a mission to change ...




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