The 2nd Plague Comes Early This Year: Florida Toad!

ABC News has the details!

A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.

Experts say the amphibians are bufo toads, also known as cane toads. Residents in the infested Palm Beach Gardens neighborhood worry toxins secreted by the toads will harm their pets and children.

News stations broadcast images of the small toads clogging pool filters, hopping en masse across driveways and sidewalks, and lurking in landscaped lawns.

Resident Jennifer Quasha told WPBF her family first noticed the toads Friday. She said hundreds of them were in her swimming pool.

Mark Holladay of the pest removal service Toad Busters told WPTV that recent rains coupled with warm temperatures sent the amphibians into a breeding cycle.

Holladay said even more toads are likely to spread throughout South Florida in the coming weeks.

NBC 6 South Florida has the video!

Open thread!

* I know I promised a post on the President’s executive order regarding the Golan Heights for tonight. I got behind working on something and will endeavor to get to it tomorrow.

39 replies
  1. 1
    brendancalling says:

    Cane Toads: An Unnatural Documentary is a MUST-SEE movie about how the cane toad was introduced to Australia and its devastating impact.

    It is also filled with hilarious people. Also, toad licking is involved. A wonderful doc.

  2. 2
    Duane says:

    Florida, we love you!

  3. 3
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @brendancalling: In Florida, toad licks you!

  4. 4
    ola azul says:


    … Also, toad licking is involved …

    Disclaimer: No princes were harmed in the production of this video.

  5. 5
    B.B.A. says:

    “Homer, are you licking toads?”
    “I’m not not licking toads!”

  6. 6
    Wayne Marks says:

    You already have a poisinous toad: Marco Rubio.

  7. 7
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Wayne Marks: That’s pusillanimous choad.

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    Singing Truth to Power says:

    And these little beauties can grow to 5 pounds! That’s way bigger than the average rotisserie chicken.

  9. 9
    Duane says:

    Mar-a-Lago ass-deep in poisonous toads sounds appropriate. Make the corrupt Pharoh learn a lesson. Death by toad.

  10. 10
    plato says:

    You bought the regulatory authority, your customers bought the other plane.

    Airbus has secured an order from China for 300 jets, in a deal estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars.

    An agreement to purchase A320 and A350 XWB aircraft was signed during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Paris.

    The order is part of a package of deals signed during Mr Xi’s visit to Europe.

    It comes as rival Boeing has grounded all of its 737 Max jets after two fatal crashes.

    The deal is worth an estimated 30bn euros ($34bn; £26bn), according to reports.

    The deal will likely be a blow for Boeing, under pressure after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 jets in five months.

    Many countries banned the aircraft from their airspace after an Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month. Boeing later grounded its 737 Max fleet as investigations into the cause of the disaster continue.

    How is the fuck chyna working out for ya?

  11. 11
    Miss Bianca says:

    So that’s what a bufo toad looks like! I always wondered – my grandfather’s nickname was “Bufo”- I am guessing it was because he a deep and croaky voice, not because he was poisonous.

  12. 12
    SRW1 says:

    I thought the book of books said it was gonna be locusts. Prolly an error in translation.

  13. 13
    Aleta says:

    At least they’re not poison dart frogs.

  14. 14
    B.B.A. says:

    @plato: I thought China was working on their own 737/A320 rival. If even the state-owned airlines aren’t buying from the state-owned airplane maker, that’s a real sign of confidence there.

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    Mandalay says:

    The Queensland scientist turning cane toads into cannibals…

    Cane toads can be contained without bounties, baseball bats or people on the dole, according to a Queensland professor dedicated to eradicating the invasive species.

    Fifteen years of Queensland research has identified and proven a lethal “cane toad smoothie” that prompts cane toad tadpoles to turn cannibalistic and eat cane toad eggs.

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    M31 says:

    second! for the cane toad documentary, it’s scary and funny at the same time

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @SRW1: Locusts are the 8th plague.

  18. 18

    the President’s executive order regarding the Golan Heights

    So does Trump think he’s Prime Minister of Israel now? Did anyone let Bibi know?

  19. 19
    Mike in NC says:

    We just booked a flight to Tampa for late April to visit friends, but I’m honestly pretty frickin’ tired of that place altogether. We’re retired but they aren’t so that drives who goes where and when.

  20. 20
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Bibi was there when he signed it.

  21. 21
    Leto says:

    @Miss Bianca: In the world of Warcraft game, there’s an island with bufo frogs. They’re all poisonous and can gang up on you pretty quick if you’re not careful. The fact that I’m just now learning that bufo frogs are real doesn’t surprise me, nor the fact that Florida is continuing to try to rival Australia in the poisonous critter category. They have a ways to go to catch the Aussies, but they’re giving it a real go.

  22. 22
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NC: Have you decided which shootin arns you’re going to bring?

  23. 23
    Mike in NC says:

    “Poisonous Toad” is a decent description of the thing occupying the Oval Office.

  24. 24
    Mike in NC says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No, but it seemed most every strip mall in central Floriduh we ever drove past had a nail studio, a liquor store, and a gun shop. One stop shopping!

  25. 25
    NotMax says:

    Pesky pains in the okole in Hawaii. Also too, the hellaciously high decibel little coqui frogs.

  26. 26
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NC: And a Publix!

  27. 27
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I never could keep the plagues straight.

  28. 28
    NotMax says:


    Ah, Timeless Isle. Some of the easiest gold ever from answering a daily trivia question. Also there is a hidden shortcut to get into Draenor territory directly, bypassing the introductory stuff.

  29. 29
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: That’s why we have a seder.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Duane: @Leto: Florida: Australia Lite!

  31. 31
    Mike in NC says:

    @Adam L Silverman: We got a Publix here last year and it sure beats Piggly Wiggly, even if it isn’t like a football field Florida type store.

  32. 32
    Mr. Kite says:

    Here’s a sad story about a .Very Good Boy.

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    Luthe says:

    Everything I know about bufo toads I learned from Carl Hiassen (mostly that you can smoke their slime).

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    SWMBO says:

    Back a couple of years ago, our pups were still puppy like in their playing. They got a bufo toad that was in our yard and when I caught them with it, were each tugging on a piece of it and spinning around. Sort of a horizontal pinata. Grabbed all three dogs, hit the bufo with a shovel and put it in a ziploc bag, and headed for the emergency vet. The closest emergency vet was shut down for the night (plumbing issues) so off to the one about 7-8 miles away. Got there and the techs took the idiot pups back and started washing their mouths out to try to get some of the poison out of their systems. They used a water hose and water boarded the dogs with the water going across/out of the mouth. The dogs usually ride in the third bench seat in the van. They managed to throw up/have diarrhea across the back seat all the way to the emergency vet. What an incredible new smell for the van to acquire. The toad was still in a ziploc bag in the front seat floorboard. And was alive and bouncing around on the trip home. (The pups got the mouth wash, shots to help with nausea/diarrhea, and other shots to help boost the kidneys and liver. That’s what makes them lethal.) Got the dogs and toad from hell back to the house. The dogs went inside to throw up and have more rounds of diarrhea. They got to go to the regular vet several times over the next two weeks to monitor blood levels and kidney function. The toad was taken out of the front floor board by my husband, where it promptly knocked his cell phone out of his shirt pocket while trying to escape. It got free and hopped into the darkness. The next door neighbor said he found it, hit it, and put it in the garbage for pickup. FYI besides washing the dog’s mouth out with water asap, DO NOT TOUCH THE TOAD WITH YOUR BARE HANDS. NOT EVEN WITH LEATHER GLOVES ON. THE POISON CAN ENTER THROUGH SWEAT GLANDS AND CAUSE FATAL KIDNEY FAILURE. PICK IT UP WITH A SHOVEL OR WITH THICK PLASTIC GLOVES THAT ARE NON POROUS. That is all. You may resume your regular programming.

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    prostratedragon says:

    I know I promised a post on the President’s executive order regarding the Golan Heights for tonight. I got behind working on something and will endeavor to get to it tomorrow.

    Oh I don’t know, this story might cover that ground as well as the toads are covering Palm Beach Gardens.

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    J R in WV says:

    So, I have now learned about a new psychoactive drug, which the DEA instantly added to the Schedule I list. So if you handle a Bufo toad enough to catch a dose and trip your brains out, while vomiting and defacating violently, you are also liable to be prosecuted for possessing the drug which made you trip and need to visit the ER.

    Good luck!

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    J R in WV says:

    @J R in WV:

    Also, picturing this at Mar-a-Thefto, greens swarming with psychedelic toads weighing up to 5 freaking pounds?!?!??!!!!

    How hysterical. They will spray the most noxious poisons all around, which will make it a hazardous waste sump. Good luck Donny Boy, you thieving ass!

    Floriduh Man becomes psychotic after splattering toads all over his Truck — More At 11 on WTFU-TV.

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