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    Unfortunately, putting them straight into the freezer is not humane at all. The extreme drop in temperature does not cause them to fall asleep, it in fact causes little crystals to form in the cells of the body, causing something akin to frostbite. By this method, they die from extreme cold or suffocation (if they're put into plastic bags first).

    The correct method of doing this is putting the cane toad into a fridge beforehand (and this only works effectively for amphibians), for as long as possible (overnight is preferable), and THEN put the toad into the freezer. The decrease in temperature is not as sharp as simply putting the toad into the freezer, and thus it gives the toad a chance to "fall asleep".

    Please don't think any of you are being humane by putting ANY animal straight into the freezer

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    That is correct SSW. fridge allows them to go into a coma, so to speak.

    Unfortunately, a huge majority of ppl seem to have an aversion to putting them into their fridges. Works great if someone has a beer fridge, or dog meat fridge in their garage etc, but if they don't, the aversion sets in with many ppl.

    Therefore I would rather suggest ppl place them in a bag (with holes) in a freezer directly than have them spray them unsuccessfully (whereupon they continue to live but with sometimes horrendous injuries) or bash their brains out with cricket bats and golf clubs.

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    I don't know whether or not to agree with that. I don't know many people who could spray them unsuccessfully. Even a small amount of undiluted dettol (or metho) is lethal rather quickly. This would, imo, be less cruel then hours of pain and stress in a freezer. But it will happen regardless, because people are told that a freezer is just fine (and other options are "distasteful").

    There is just too much wrong information going around about reptiles and amphibians. It's sad that even many wildlife carers and vets cannot get it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    No real way you CAN keep them out. They're like spiders- they can fit through the tiniest holes. I personally don't really do much about them anymore, but when I'm in the mood to go out (and back when I was training Leo not to eat them), I used to go out with a torch and put any I find into a bucket.

    All those toads meet their end after a fast stop against some concrete For those that are... less inclined to handle them (you can, you know. They don't spray poison and aren't in anyway dangerous unless you lick them), just spray them with dettol. A 100% solution of dettol is preferable. It's far stronger then diluted and kills them faster.
    You threw them against concrete???
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    A sudden lethal impact has been proven to be more humane than any other method. Larger ones are killed with the fridge and freezer method, because I doubt I can hit them hard enough to kill them (I don't even want to try).

    This method is also used for the culling of rats, mice, chicks, guinea pigs and quail. I'm sure it's used for other animals as well.

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    Is it bad that when I read it I laughed? The mental images

    I don't think I would be able to physically bring myself to do it.
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    No, I can see why you laughed

    Many people aren't able to bring themselves to do it. That's why methods like dettol and freezer are advocated- so that the general population has a method to eradicate them with (or at least, they can try ).
    Last edited by silvershadowwolf24; 04-01-2010 at 01:58 PM.

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    Sooo very glad that this is one problem I do not have to encounter..oh, and ticks.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Canetoads are EVERYWHERE up here!

    I dunno how to keep them out of the backyard, but we mow them down on the road lol
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    Slug guns were the best, pop & dead in a fraction of a second.
    The cotton wool brigade kicked up a stink though, so now those days ae gone unless if you are licenced and on a ten acre property lol.
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