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Can poison from toads harm frogs?:

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Baby Sue
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Posted: 16 Mar 2011

A guy at work told me that toads secrete a poison from their glands if they feel threatened by a predator and that he was holding one and felt the wetness of it, well that got me thinkingą. If IĘve got a bucket of frogs and toads together could the toad poison get on the frogs and hurt them?


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Caleb
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Posted: 17 Mar 2011
It's possible that toad venom could affect frogs, but it's only released when they're extremely stressed (or their skin is injured), and you can usually see it as milky-white spots on their skin.

The 'wetness' your colleague felt was more likely to be water retained in the bladder- toads often release this when they're picked up. (It is water, not urine- David Attenborough once drank some from a desert toad on TV).
GemmaJF
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Posted: 17 Mar 2011
I thought everyone drank it, you know get a bit of a dry
throat in the field, squeeze a toad for a quick bit of
refreshment. If really bored licking them is fun too.

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Baby Sue
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Posted: 18 Mar 2011

Well yeah, I told the guy it was probably just piss cos I get pissed on all the time but he wouldnĘt believe me. Never knew it was just water though, I thought it was proper pee. Some teenage lads helped me frogging once and they were putting toads in their pockets and up their sleeves, I told them it wasnĘt wise but boys are boys and they didnĘt mind getting mucky. DonĘt think IĘm up for drinking it ever though, not even to see if it does taste like water.

Hopefully toads I catch ainĘt too stressed in the bucket though IĘd better remember that if I add in a squashed alive one ever. At the end of the night I grab the injured ones and take them down the road to the bridge to be run over properly, if I find a healthy frog or toad on the way that gets added in aswell before I release them again. Does toad poison only affect frogs? Could the poison from one toad hurt another toad or are all toads immune to toad poison?


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