last herp trip

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    ryanbichel Not so new Member

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    hey guys spent an afternoon herping on the weekend and found a reasonable size beardy and a 1.5m red belly dead after it had eaten a cane toad( cut it open and found that) DSCF2949.jpg DSCF2951.jpg DSCF2952.JPG DSCF2955.jpg
     
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    Where did you go herping?
    The cane toad in the red belly gut has me concerned......



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    Why does it have you concerned? it has me a little concerned but I went herping at Bororen on my property. It was dead in the water on the bank. There are toad holes everywhere. major toad bust operation will commence on the week end.
     
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    Toad holes? I've never heard of cane toads burrowing.
     
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    I've seen plenty of toads but never any toad holes. I would be cautious before destroying any holes.

    We have stacks of bandicoots that dig burrows though. When I was little, around 4-6 yrs, I was told snakes lived in those and if I put my hand in I would die. Haha.
     
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    I like the beardy ryan,dont see many around western sydney these days.
     
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    Cane Toads are found in burrows all the time down here in QLD, though whether they generally dig their own hole or use another species burrow is probably up for debate.

    I remember some years ago a bearded dragon burrowing into the side of a bank and laying eggs, two days later a cane toad had dug into the burrow and the eggs had all been eaten. The cane toad then occupied the hole for the day before we killed it.
     
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    That's pretty interesting Jedi. Maybe I just don't look hard enough or maybe they don't last all that long enough in my yard to observe that sort of behavior.
     
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    yeah I poke around the hole with a stick, which agitates the toad. by poking the stick around, I know if there is a snake etc. Plus most of the time they are not that deep. just deep enough to cool them down in the mud
     
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    Never heard of toad holes bro
     
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    toads burrow continuously to keep cool etc.
     
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    Plenty of toads in holes here I live.. I have even watched them make their burrows. So yes they definitely do make holes!!
     
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    Yeah, have seen them occupy other critters holes plenty up here in NQ.
     
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    Toads definitely dig holes if the ground is suitable.
    Toad holes are common around my place in Brisbane but where I work out at Mount Isa I haven't seen one. Very different ground and I think that is a determining factor.

    As noted above they generally aren't very deep. Usually 2-3 times the body length of the toad.
     
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    Interesting. Either the NT toads are too lazy or the dirt is too hard!
     
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    I usually find their burrows in soft ground in or near a water supply. Have even ha toads burrow into my strawberry plant!
     
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    I've also found them in monitor burrows and heavy cracking blacksoil in and around gilgais.

    The toads are quite different morphologically up in Darwin to those around SEQ, perhaps that plays a part. Though I imagine if you went looking in swampy areas or around water bodies you would find signs of their burrows.
     
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    Thought it may have been south eastern nsw.
    The longer they stay out of my neck of the woods the better!

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