Going toad


Uses
Bufotenine toxin produced by B. marinus is used as an aphrodisiac and hair-restorer in Japan. In mainland China it is used to lower the heart rate of patients undergoing cardiac surgery (Musgrave, 1996). The toxin is also used by South American Indians to add to hunting arrows. The toxin has and is sometimes used as a narcotic by some people. (Lever, 2001).
Cane toads used to be used for pregnancy testing in humans. A woman's urine is injected subcutaneously into the lymph glands of a male toad, resulting in spermatazoa becoming present in the toad's urine if the woman is pregnant (Berra, 1998 in Lever, 2001).

Killing Cane Toads
Freezing has been suggested as the most humane form of killing. When put into a freezer, a cane toad will become dormant as a reaction to the cold and will eventually die in its sleep.

"(Freezing) is pretty impractical. Most people don't want a toxic animal next to their ice-cream or fish fingers. I think hitting them with a golf club or a cricket bat, or just a great lump of wood, is probably more humane."


The RSPCA's acting CEO in Darwin, Lindsay Wilkinson, believes that haemorrhoid cream, which acts as an anaesthetic, may be the only humane way to eliminate the dreaded toad.

LINDSAY WILKINSON: Just run a 25 millimetre strip down the back of the cane toad. The cane toad will quite quickly go into a deep sleep. You pick the toad up, and place it into a plastic bag, and you put it in the freezer.


Yes, readers, I too have killed my share of toads....
...but haemorrhoid cream!



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