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California San Francisco African Frogs 2004

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#1 DWF

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 07:34 PM

http://story.news.ya.../invasive_frogs

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California biologists are alarmed over the latest invasive species to take up residence in this city: African clawed frogs, which eat just about anything and tend to breed like crazy.

Even worse, they're kind of cute and thus more likely to be whisked away by children and dumped into other ponds, where they spread even more.

"They are a threat," said Dr. David Wake, an emeritus professor of integrative biology at the University of California-Berkeley. "They change the environment quite profoundly."

Native to Kenya, the frogs are able to live under ice, in the ground and in salty water. They alter ecosystems by gobbling up insects, fish, lizards and even birds that fit into their large, tongueless mouths. They also burrow into the ground to survive dry conditions and prey on the state's endangered red-legged frog.

The African frogs, outlawed as pets in California several years ago, are used in medical and biological research. Some theorize that researchers might have released the animals into Golden Gate Park's Lily Pond and parts of Southern California to save the frogs from destruction.

Pet stores and collectors wary of being slapped with fines of up to $1,000 also might have released them into local creeks and ponds.

Eric Mills of Oakland-based Action for Animals, which has lobbied the state to fight the spread of invasive species, said the only way to prevent the frogs from spreading is to kill the population in Lily Pond.

"They spent millions of dollars a few years ago in San Diego trying to get rid of these frogs," Mills said. "If they get loose in the San Francisco delta, it will be devastating to get them out."

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Posted 09 May 2004 - 09:15 PM

But I thought Animals had more rights than human beings in California?Imean PETA is not out doing the releases for traps set by the state. Why not? Would it interfer with their getting a double Latte on the way to burn down a KFC


Ok joke aside. I hope they can get this done easy enough to avoid damging the local food chain by taking out other animals that hold the spot these frogs are competeing with.
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 05:13 PM

^We're a little less tolerant of non-native species - they can totally wreck an ecosystem.  :wacko:

I live in the Bay area, and I have yet to see one.

LOL @ the "cute frogs" in the title. I have visions of frogs with French manicures and highlights wagging their little tushies at biologists. :p~

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 05:50 PM

African Clawed Frogs.  Today's version of a tribble only less furry...;)
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 07:32 PM

Una Salus Lillius, on May 10 2004, 03:48 PM, said:

African Clawed Frogs.  Today's version of a tribble only less furry...;)
I wonder if they taste like chicken, too! :D

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 07:53 PM

The frogs or the Tribbles (though I imagine you would want to remove all that fuzzy stuff first)  ;)
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:00 PM

If you remove all the fuzzy stuff, there isn't much left. Don't know about the frogs. :tribble:

*inspiration strikes*

Hey, I know how they can stop the frog invasion! All the biologists have to do is start a rumor that the frogs sweat a mind altering drug from their skin, like cane toads. Then thousands of teenagers will steal the frogs, taking them home to be licked to death, and none will be left to breed in the wild. It's a perfect plan! :ninja:
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:18 PM

Rhea, on May 10 2004, 06:11 PM, said:

LOL @ the "cute frogs" in the title. I have visions of frogs with French manicures and highlights wagging their little tushies at biologists. :p~
LOL!! I guess I could have said, Kermit and his friends are attacking. :lol:  :lol:
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:18 PM

Just eat the damn things.
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Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:19 PM

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#11 DWF

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Posted 10 May 2004 - 08:20 PM

Una Salus Lillius, on May 10 2004, 06:48 PM, said:

African Clawed Frogs.  Today's version of a tribble only less furry...;)
Yeah, I'm still waiting to hear, about The Great Frog Hunt Of 2004. :lol:  :lol:
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Posted 11 May 2004 - 07:05 AM

HubcapDave, on May 10 2004, 07:30 PM, said:

Una Salus Lillius, on May 10 2004, 03:48 PM, said:

African Clawed Frogs.  Today's version of a tribble only less furry...;)
I wonder if they taste like chicken, too! :D
Well, regular frog legs do, I don't see where African ones would be any different. If they're big enough to eat small birds then they should have plenty of meat on their legs. :D

It's right about invasive species, they can totally wreck an ecosystem, all kidding aside.


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Posted 11 May 2004 - 11:23 AM

Chatterbox, on May 11 2004, 07:03 AM, said:

It's right about invasive species, they can totally wreck an ecosystem, all kidding aside.
If you ever want to read up on how introduced species can destroy an ecosystem, just look at Hawaii's history. :Oo:

Or even the aforementioned cane toads:  they're toxic to pretty much everything native to Australia (except taipans) and have caused a LOT of damage to native wildlife there.
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