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herpetologic2
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Posted: 28 Aug 2007

At an undisclosed location best be on the look out for these at ponds near you.....

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Posted: 28 Aug 2007
Hi Jon
Was this the only one found at that location?
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Posted: 28 Aug 2007

No

There were plenty more!

 

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Posted: 28 Aug 2007
american bullfrog?
i was listening to a talk show programme on the radio (lbc so the reports are london based) whilst rauk was down.
the initial discussion was based on the spread of parrots/parrakeets in the south east.
the debate then widened to the spread of non-native species in general.
a few listeners phoned in complaining of being disturbed by the loud croaking of bullfrogs at night.
these were ordinary members of the public, few of whom seemed to have any real knowledge, so i guess they may well have mistaken marsh frogs for bullfrogs.
at least i hope so.


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Posted: 28 Aug 2007
I was just talking about this to a friend, and he told me a story which i will
cut short for now but about 10 years ago a man came into a pub local to
where his dad used to live with a dead one.
Thats litterally all i know but i will be contacting his dad to find out more,
and will post it up if it has any relevance.

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herpetologic2
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Posted: 01 Sep 2007

 

A location would be good.  I am going out at the 'undisclosed location'  and I am looking for further sites plus signs of breeding (taddies).

It wasnt looking good last year regarding this population and yes there was a large population. It seems that they are breeding in this area. Luckily the numbers have drastically reduced this year compared to last years tally.

 

Jon

 

 

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Posted: 02 Sep 2007
[QUOTE=herpetologic2]

At an undisclosed location best be on the look out for these at ponds near you.....[/QUOTE]

Hi Jon

TBH - I can't quite see why you are keeping the location confidential if you want us to look out for these monsters.  Some sort of general indication of the locality would be useful, just so we could be a little more vigilant.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2007

Okay

Lets say Eastern England, they have been there almost a decade without anyone noticing, so we hope and pray that there no other populations in the UK

 

 

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Posted: 17 Mar 2008
I'm puzzled too as to why the location is kept secret? I could understand it if they were native and disturbance had to be kept to a minimum.
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Posted: 17 Mar 2008
I say keep it secret, we don't want any daft collectors going out to the site then putting the big taddies in their garden ponds do we???
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Posted: 19 Mar 2008
And we do not want too much attention from other people - as we have the land owners on side and we want to carry on removing the population without 'hassle' and we want the cooperation of the land owners we dont want pickets etc if you know what I mean.


So location is not really relevant as these animals can be literally anywhere in the UK.......

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Posted: 19 Mar 2008
Out of interest, what is the method of control for the bullfrogs Jon, what happens to any individuals that are caught?.
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Posted: 19 Mar 2008
Well the ones in Kent were humanely put down - several thousand tadpoles, froglets etc would be a headache to rehome if you know what I mean lol

Over the last few years we have removed over 100 adult bullfrogs from the site in the East of England. Most of these were humanely dispatched and are being tested for chytrid etc.

One of the males I caught though was rehomed as I didnt have the equipment to put it down - it is now in a public exhibit where local people 's memories hopefully are being jogged so we can track down any other colonies in that area.

People may have seen these frogs but have not thought that anything was out of the ordinary. People may also have heard weird sounds coming from ponds around the area but just didn't report it.

We know that the animals are spread over 5km2 or more so there may be other colonies.

The good news is that last year there were much lower numbers at one site compared to the previous year which we hope is a good sign.


J





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