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TOAD

Tuberculous old alcoholic derelict Medtalk A deprecative acronym for an archetypal Pt seen in inner-city hospital wards. Cf Gomer.

toad

see bufo.
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In this study, we manipulated the exposure of recently metamorphosed American toads to green frogs.
This all may sound like a simple matter of bureaucracy and humane pest control, but cane toads are a 75-year-old Australian nightmare, and they amount to a cautionary tale about the difficulties that can crop up when humans try to reverse their environmental blunders.
As our pictures show, one or two toads - or were they frogs - leaped into view.
Prizes were awarded to children for the heaviest individual toad and heaviest total weight of toads.
Mr White, 43, a solicitor based in Blyth, said: "Unlike frogs, toads only breed in ponds where they were actually born.
The parasite was originally thought to have come from Australian frogs, but DNA sequencing showed the species came from the Amazon and is genetically different to similar parasites found in Australian frogs, so it can be safely used for biological control of cane toads.
VOLUNTEERS from Coventry and Warwickshire are being invited to join the world's largest toad patrol this month.
Because little is known about the toads, wildlife biologists study them to discover "anything that will help us better protect them," Mr.
The question in Australia is not whether cane toads should be killed, but how humanely their execution ought to he.
He says it's easier to get the toads to breed than one might expect.
But the toads, which either live in the creek water or dig into nearby sand banks, could be killed as firefighters trudge into their habitat to take water out of the creek and dump it on the fire.
Teams of rangers patrol the beach and dunes to enforce protection of the toads.