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Last one I heard about was the Cane Toad. One of the world's worst invasive species. Potentially lethal to pets like dogs if they lick them or pick them up in their mouths.
Worse than that, their egg masses release toxins in to the water to stop fish from eating the eggs, anything that swims near them dies. They're also a serious drug problem in remote communities, a lot of young people get addicted to toad toxin. So do a lot of dogs.

They were deliberately introduced, and once again by corruption. One sugar cane farmer came up with the idea of introducing them to combat cane beetle. CSIRO knocked back his application several times but one of his mates was a politician that gave him an exemption.

And as for their effectiveness in fighting cane beetle - beetles can fly, toads can't.
 
Worse than that, their egg masses release toxins in to the water to stop fish from eating the eggs, anything that swims near them dies. They're also a serious drug problem in remote communities, a lot of young people get addicted to toad toxin. So do a lot of dogs.

They were deliberately introduced, and once again by corruption. One sugar cane farmer came up with the idea of introducing them to combat cane beetle. CSIRO knocked back his application several times but one of his mates was a politician that gave him an exemption.

And as for their effectiveness in fighting cane beetle - beetles can fly, toads can't.
I was told the cane toad was imported here from Australia. It is a terrible pest here. I wonder where it does come from. It was imported to control some sort of insect bothering the sugar cane. In Florida, what the sugar cane corporations want, they get.

OK. They come mostly the Amazon River basin.

Emus won't bother you unless they think you're a threat to their young, and they're not at all aggressive unless you get much too close to the little ones.

I've seen a lot of news stories that prove your tourists are every bit as stupid as ours. They think that because an animal doesn't run away from them then it must be tame, so they try to take selfies standing right next to them. Or they try to pat the animal.

In most cases if an animal is not afraid of you it's because that animal knows it has no need to be afraid.
Like smearing honey on a child's cheek so the bear will lick it off and they get a cute picture??? You mean like that. :rolleyes:

Probably for the same reason the US has so many invasive species.

Poachers who occupationally ignore laws pertaining to importing various species. And their unscrupulous buyers who tire of their acquisition and simply dump the animals to fend for themselves.
This is how we got the Burmese Python in the Everglades. NOW I am afraid to camp in the Everglades. They have migrated further north and have been noted north of the Caloosahatchee River, which means into my area. Privately I have been told they have devoured 80% of the mammals in Everglades.


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I've seen a lot of news stories that prove your tourists are every bit as stupid as ours. They think that because an animal doesn't run away from them then it must be tame, so they try to take selfies standing right next to them. Or they try to pat the animal.

That's not a problem here, except when it comes to this animal. Tourists go on musk ox safari and don't realize how fast and sneaky musk ox can be. They just run you down. They are the titans of the arctic.

 
Like smearing honey on a child's cheek so the bear will lick it off and they get a cute picture??? You mean like that. :rolleyes:
I hadn't heard of people doing that but sadly it doesn't surprise me. I was referring to people getting too close to bison and getting gored and trampled. And in some cases trying to sue someone else for their own stupidity.

Fortunately we'll never have trouble with Burmese pythons here, we've got plenty of pythons of our own that get to a similar size so there's too much competition for them, as well as our animals having evolved with snakes as predators and having defences against them.

I just checked, we've got 94 species of snake here.
 
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That's not a problem here, except when it comes to this animal. Tourists go on musk ox safari and don't realize how fast and sneaky musk ox can be. They just run you down. They are the titans of the arctic.

People collect the under coats of musk ox hair and spin it into soft yarn.
 
That's not weird or random, it is just shown without context. It shows on the left the colour that steel glows when heated, which is important for forging and brazing. On the right is the colour of oxidation that appears as hardened steel is tempered various amounts to trade strength for toughness.

I know what it is lol I chose this picture without conscious decision, thus making it random.

If I would have premeditatively thought about posting this specific picture in the specific thread that wouldn't be. But I saw someone post on this thread, clicked on it and, scrolled through my downloads and chose something at random.
 
I saw an interesting documentary about Frank Lloyd Wright, which talked about how he moved homes back from roads and normalized the front yard. This prevented people from talking with passersby, as they used to.
You know, now that I think of it, I was just in an historic neighborhood yesterday. I just realized all those Victorian and Queen Anne homes were built right up practically on the sidewalk.
 
Let's give the car and the zoning board the credit they deserve. People used to walk a few blocks to a streetcar, or the store, school, or work. Old neighbourhoods can still be delightful, with a small park included in many walks. Also, most of us don't have porch visitors as interesting as Jimmy Fallon or Oprah. Before money got into everything, knowing the neighbours was a great way to trade favours and wind up better off.
 
You know, now that I think of it, I was just in an historic neighborhood yesterday. I just realized all those Victorian and Queen Anne homes were built right up practically on the sidewalk.
I read somewhere else in this forum about building houses right up close to the road so that people could talk to passers-by, but that's not at all why they were built like that.

In the Victorian era cities didn't have flushing toilets and sewers, the house was built close not to the road but to the gutter on the side of the road to make it easier for people to empty their chamber pots. They didn't have to carry the pot downstairs and through the house leaving a trail of stink behind, they could just open the window and hurl it from there.
 
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I read somewhere else in this forum about building houses right up close to the road so that people could talk to passers-by, but that's not at all why they were built like that.

In the Victorian era cities didn't have flushing toilets and sewers, the house was built close not to the road but to the gutter on the side of the road to make it easier for people to empty their chamber pots. They didn't have to carry the pot downstairs and through the house leaving a trail of stink behind, they could just open the window and hurl it from there.
Old houses are often seen overhanging the street, because they were taxed only on the area of the foundation. The overhangs may have been considered a public good as a rain shelter.
 

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