He was lucky the first time...

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  1. BenKK

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    ...but not the second time.

    I was culling some cane toads. Stalked to 3cm of my first target and let-fly. The sub-sonic .22 was too quiet, the toad didn’t flinch and I knew a projectile had lodged in the barrel. The cleaning rod revealed the projectile had nearly made it out of the barrel, but not quite, and a gentle tap had it falling out. No propellant, I guess.

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    Got six toads, all told.
     
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  2. Shootist43

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    Photo of a Cane Toad please. Are they eatable? While stationed in Texas (over 50 years ago) I used to hunt Bull Frogs with a 22. They were very good eating.
     

  3. Opposite Pole

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    You wouldn't want to eat one, they're fairly toxic.

    "Bufotenin, one of the chemicals excreted by the cane toad, is classified as a class-1 drug under Australian law, alongside heroin and cannabis. The effects of bufotenin are thought to be similar to those of mild poisoning; the stimulation, which includes mild hallucinations, lasts less than an hour.[48] As the cane toad excretes bufotenin in small amounts, and other toxins in relatively large quantities, toad licking could result in serious illness or death."
     
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    Toad licking???? YUCK

    Are these toads normally culled to limit the possible licking possibilities by city dwellers?
     
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    Good thing you didn't fire the rifle again without checking the bore.
     
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    Exactly
     

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    Well that explains a lot about some of my mates from down under...:D

    I wonder if @bluey has a pet cane toad in the wheel house, ready for a quick lick when fishing goes quiet??
     
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    When I was in Queensland (74-87) I was helping out a guy who was catching toads and we would send 100's of them away in insulated boxes with some going to Melbourne for medical experiments and the majority going to Brisbane to be made into leather goods. Sorted them with the larger ones going for leather.
    Nearly lost my dog at the time as he caught and played with one untill I noticed him foaming furiously at the mouth and justt got to the vets in time
     

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    I remeber seeing a bloke in the territory that cooks them up but I can't remeber his name. He used the back legs.
     

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    Crows (Ravens) have adapted to kill them and eat them up-side down from the guts inwards to avoid the toxic glands on the back.

    Smart birds them Crows.
     
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    Water rats perform the same trick also, at least in my area
     

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