News: 7 Terrific Toad Survival Tactics

Do you want to know why Toads have spread all across the world? They’re all over the place. For example the Cane Toad was introduced into Australia from Costa Rica about 75 years ago to combat beetles that were destroying the Queensland cane plantations. However, it didn’t work as there wasn’t enough shelter from the sun during the day, so they went elsewhere. Just over 50,000 were introduced back then, but due to the phenomenal survival skills of the Cane Toad, it has flourished in Australia, causing massive problems to local biodiversity. There are now over 200 million of the little hoppers!

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Adventures and Excitement in 2010?

First off, welcome to 2010 everyone. It’s been a fun filled first few months blogging and creating I hope you are enjoying it. I certainly hadn’t expected it to involve so many things aside from researching and writing articles. A great deal of self promotion and interaction is needed to make readers aware that this blog exists. On that note a big thank you to all of you who have been reading, commenting and mailing me and I hope to build some momentum over the coming year to really make a fun place for everyone to come.

So far I have covered interesting facts about some of the different types of bears and dolphins, which I hope will become a regular feature spanning a whole host of interesting and exiting animals. I also added a bite sized statistics item for the bears to accompany this, which I hope you like.

As I love them so much, and also because I have adopted it as the image for my blog, I couldn’t help but include a piece on our amphibian friends the frogs. I picked out a few points about them which appealed to me, and I will no doubt add many more on this extremely entertaining family of creatures.

Following these were articles covering some of the more unusual animals we share our planet with as well as more serious topics. For this set I delved south of the equator and found one that lives underground, one that hops on top and yet another that likes it somewhere in between.

My goal when starting off this blog was initially to make it an informative and humorous entity but I think it might have become a bit too text driven. With this in mind I intend to include a photo and video gallery of the best crazy acting wildlife shots I can find, and I need everyone to contribute ideas and links to make this a great feature, I will then choose a couple to write about too.

In 2010 I am going to be introducing some guest authors to provide content on some of their favourite animals. Hopefully that will give another perspective and keep this blog even fresher. Equally, if you feel you have something interesting to contribute then get in touch.

I thought I would leave the most exiting announcement ‘til last and let you all know I am actually going to be travelling around South America in the very near future for a few months, so I thoroughly intend to explore and report on some interesting specimens while I am out there, hopefully with some of my own pictures and videos too! How great is that? If any of you have any hints or tips on where I should go and what I should see, especially in Central America, then please tell me.

Here’s to a great year.

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Every once in a while I will highlight a group of animals that are extremely interesting but are often overlooked because they are not as ‘popular’ as say, crocodiles, bears, sharks, elephants or tigers. So far I have given a brief insight into the facts and figures of dolphins and bears, but I would like to also focus on some of the more unusual animals we don’t know so much about and look at their behaviour too. For this episode I want to look at our amphibian friends, the Frogs.

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