Cane Toads: An Unnatural History*

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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History*

  • 1987 ----- color ----- 46 min ----- vhs
  • In the 1930s Australian sugar-cane farmers imported the cane toad (Bufo marinus) from Hawaii to destroy the crop-damaging greyback beetle. The only problem was that the cane toads didn't do their job. In fact what they did best was multiply. From the original 102 toads the species has virtually taken over the northern half of Australia. There are, of course, the scientific studies of their mating habits (frequent and long-lasting), defense systems (poison that can kill a predator), and their eating habits (almost anything). Some hate them; some love them; some dress them up in doll clothes; some run over them on the highways. This may be the one documentary that could have been produced by Monty Python. (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Agriculture, Austronesia, Biology, Ecology, Zoology)