Last night, Jay and I ran into a major issue. The issue was as big or bigger than Jay, so naturally Jay immediately ran for the issue while attempting to lick it.
GIGANTIC KILLER TOADS ARE HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA!!!!!!
I am not kidding you, this was the biggest bofu I have ever seen.
In 1936, UF Extension brought these things from Puerto Rico to Palm Peach in attempt to protect the sugar. In 1955, a pet dealer released a ton more toxic toads near the Miami airport, and now they are after OUR pets.
Bufo means toad in Latin. Sometimes killer toads are redundantly called bufo toads.
The proper name for these toads is Bufo marinus, but the invading species is commonly referred to the Giant Toad, Marine Toad, or Cane Toad. The invaders are taking over the toad turf of our native Bufo terrestris right here in south Florida.
DO NOT LET YOUR DOG LICK OR PLAY WITH THESE KILLER TOADS. THEY SECRETE EXTREMELY DEADLY TOXINS.
Thankfully, Jay was on a leash, and I made him do a back handspring as soon as he sprung for the toad. Then I gave Jay a bath, made many Google searches, rubbed him with a selenite crystal, and some other things, NONE OF WHICH ARE A SUBSTITUTE FOR IMMEDIATE VETERINARY CARE BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.
Jay’s contact with the killer toad was minimal,
BUT THESE THINGS CAN BE EXTREMELY DEADLY. TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!!
They also like to contaminate outdoor water bowls and break into gated communities and huff chlorine.
Have some sense. Do not leave water bowls or food bowls outside, and watch out for killer toads.
For more information, check out:
- University of Florida Wildlife Extension – Giant Toad – Bufo marinus
- Dr. Mary C. Fondren – Bufo Toads in South Florida Giant Killer Toads invade South Florida a threat to your pet
BTW – Toads and frogs are two different animals. Toads should not be confused with frogs, the inspiration for Frog Collarz by Jay Z. Dawg.