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PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK - TRAIL #7

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In my last up-load, I mentioned cars being a danger to wildlife but there is another danger: the cane toad (Bufo marinus). It is a large, terrestrial toad: adults average 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from snout to vent.

60000 cane toads were introduced in the 1930s as they are well known for their voracious appetite. Their task was to eat beetles and other pests which were destroying Queensland‘s cane fields. As well as eating like mad, cane toad reproduce like mad and spread to other states (Northern Territory and Western Australia).

On top of that, they did not do their job very successfully and did not reduce significantly the targeted beetles but instead had a particularly negative effect on Australian wildlife. The reason being that cane toad has poisonous glands under its skin which kills the animals which eat the cane toad.

The number of native predatory reptiles has declined, in particular the varanid lizards (Varanus mertensi, V. mitchelli, and V. panoptes), the land snakes (Pseudechis australis and Acanthophis antarcticus), and the fresh water crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni). (Source: Wikipedia)

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:6 Jun 2012 - 11:36 AM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/16.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK - TRAIL #7
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:27 Sep 2012 - 8:14 AM
Tags:Australia, BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE, EAST KIMBERLEY, Landscape / travel, ORD REGION, PICCANINNY TRAIL, Purnululu national park, Western australia
Votes:23
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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 11:51 AM

I would hate to come face to face with a toad that size!!!!!! Did you get any photos of it?
I like the comp in v2 the best today.

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
27 Sep 2012 - 7:09 PM

Three great captures of this iconic range, and have to say I like v2 of the three.

I have just had a peep at your gallery, and commend you on the beautiful images you have, they really bring those far parts of Australia to life ... never got further south than Port Augusta or Kalbarri in the north although we did travel overland with car and caravan from Sydney via Queensland to Perth where we lived for a total of 9 years.

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 7:41 PM

The information today was so interesting JN - seems we shouldn't mess around with nature, and I should hate to meet one of those toads!! Oh yes I enjoyed the pics - good as ever.
Joan.

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