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SPCA outrage over 'cane toad golf'

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 most notorious pest with golf clubs, cricket bats or anything else at hand.

Friday, 8 June, 2007, 12:00am

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

A new recruit to a growing army of volunteers, Marilyn Bartels shines her torch into the dripping mangrove swamp in search of her prey.

'I find them repulsive. I caught three on my first outing,' she said, probing the darkness for Australia's most reviled alien invader - the cane toad.

13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Think before you decide to hate

The cane toad is Australia's ugliest and most disliked animal. It is slimy and covered in warts, with big, slobbering lips and massive eyes that pop out of its head. It is a nasty green colour and it spits poison.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

'Daughterless gene' could stop toads in their tracks

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 toads could produce only male tadpoles.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A live hot toady for a free cool beer

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 enlisted in the battle to encourage more humane killings of the toxic pest. For the past two weeks people in the northern city of Darwin have been exchanging live toads for a cool glass of beer.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Liquid solution

Australians are poised to take revenge on the much loathed cane toad - by turning the warty pests into liquid fertiliser. Cane toads were deliberately introduced to Queensland from South America in the 1930s to prey on a beetle that was devastating sugar cane plantations.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

New trap has cane toads on the hop

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.

1 May 2005 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Citizen Cane Toad

Pearl, 8.30pm

8 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Invasion of the toxic toads

THEY'RE ARRIVING IN their thousands. Hopping, crawling their way across the dry savannah lands in search of the humid swamps and billabongs of the west. The cane toad is on the march - and has advanced to the edge of Australia's most famous national park, Kakadu.

16 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Rain gives desert dwellers chance to mate and lay eggs

Animals living in the desert are adapted to both wet and dry times. They mostly depend on seasonal rainfall to trigger their reproductive cycles.

One example is the frog. Frogs may lie buried in the sand for months until the wet season arrives because they can only mate when there is rain.

Other animals living in the desert treasure heavy downpours.

4 Jul 2000 - 12:00am