I get asked regularly what the strangest creature is that I have worked on. I never thought the answer would be a Cane Toad but after skinning this specimen it certainly is very different to anything I have ever worked on 🤯
The skin is fused to the skull which means you need to clean the skull out and remove the eyeballs from the inside. They have huge Tympanums and the Parotid gland excretes Bufotenin. The Bufotenin is considered to be a class -1 drug under Australian law alongside heroin and cannabis. The effects are believed to be that of a hallucinagenic. I used to own a shitzu named Sushii who loved licking the cane toad backs and getting high. What a little tripper 🌈
Whilst skinning this specimen my nostrils felt weird like I was inhaling chemicles and they were slightly stinging! Who would have thought?
In Australia Cane Toads are considered a feral species as they were introduced here to eat our native cane beetles that were nibbling away at the cane crops. Unfortunately what wasn't considered is that Cane Toads can't jump very high and the Cane Beetles mainly stay up on the upper stalks of the sugar cane. Thus proving to be inaffective at eating the beetles. Not only was this not thought out but the release of toads has been catastrophic to Australian ecology. This species has no natural predators and in some cases are physically destructive to habitat as well.
Another well thought out introduced species! Well done... 😥
Not sure how we are going to mount the skins as of yet! @gympiebones I might need a few more to practice on 🙏
#introducedspecies #oopswediditagain #protectnativespecies #feralanimals #howaboutno