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Toxic Toads in Tampa Bay || Tampa Bay, FL

July 12, 2016

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The Bufo Toad, is extremely dangerous for your pets.

If you live in Florida, you know that the dog days of summer usher in the rainy season.  It is not unusual to see a brief, heavy rainstorm almost every afternoon, accompanied by thunder and lightning.

The Giant Toad, (also known as the Marine Toad or the Cane Toad), typically burrows in the ground.  When there is heavy rain on saturated ground, these Giant Toads can’t stay underground and are more likely to be seen, and encountered, by pets.  The resulting situation can be deadly for our precious pets.
Watch the Fox 13 News Story here:  http://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-news/170430637-story

These large, dangerous toads secrete a toxic, milky substance that is extremely poisonous to dogs, cats and other pets.

Officially known as Bufo Marinus, most people refer to them as Bufo Toads.   These are the largest of the Florida toads and can grow to 9 inches in length and can weigh more than 2 pounds.  Bufo Toads prefer developed areas, where they utilize man-made bodies of water to spawn.  They are omnivores, and will eat small amphibians, insects and even pet food!   Since they are so large, they are unable to flee when approached by a predator, so their defense mechanism is the highly toxic milky white poison that is secreted by glands behind their head.

These nasty creatures are not native to Florida; they were brought here to help control insect populations in sugar cane fields in the 1960s.  They like sitting in lighted areas, like porches or near your coach lights on your garage and eating the insects that are attracted to the lights.  Because of their close proximity to doorways, they can easily come in contact with your pets.

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Keep your pet safe this summer with this information!

Small pets can die quickly after biting a Giant Toad but large pets can also be severely affected.  If your pet bites one of these toads, immediately wash out their mouths with a very wet rag and clean their paws and take them directly to the vet.  You do *NOT* want to use a hose to flush the toxin from their mouths, as you could push the poison further into the digestive system.  Wash your hands after contact and avoid touching your face.

There is good news.  Artificial grass by AlternaScapes prevents the toads from burrowing beneath the surface of your lawn so the likelihood of the presence of these toads is greatly reduced.  If you would like to consider artificial grass, contact AlternaScapes at 1-800-445-2944 or visit our website at www.JustLikeGrass.com.  We always offer FREE Estimates and there is never an obligation.

 

For more information about these toxic toads, visit these resources:

http://www.wec.ufl.edu/extension/wildlife_info/frogstoads/bufo_marinus.php

http://patch.com/florida/clearwater/floridas-giant-toads-more-active-spring-experts-warn-0

 

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