Pic – Ntnews.com.au
Here is the latest news from the territory ..
Apparently our toads are the biggest strongest and fastest .. but also the laziest ! Now why doesn’t that surprise me ?
Like the rest of us , they are running on Territory time !!
I personally wish they were the smallest , I hate them ! One day I was moving the rubbish and I kid you not one of these buggers jumped out of the box I was holding and nearly hit me in the face – and if that wasn’t bad enough it was the size of my head ! Yep defiantly one of the downsides to living in Northern Australia
Check out this article by the NT News below :
Super toads take a caning
DAVID WOOD | April 2nd, 2012
HOP TO IT: Our toads are not so super, it turns out
BIGGER, stronger, faster – but lazy as hell?
That’s the verdict on the Territory’s Supertoads, according to new research from Charles Darwin University and the University of Melbourne.
Researchers found the NT’s mutant toads were faster growing, had slightly longer legs, and were quicker than their ancestors who arrived in Queensland 70 years ago. But they did not have the hopping endurance of their smaller Queensland cousins.
The research was partly inspired by an NT News front page in 2006 about the development of the Territory Supertoad.
Researchers Chris Tracy from the University of Melbourne and CDU’s Keith Christian compared the huge toads that had made their way to Timber Creek and regular toads.
But they found no physiological difference.
“It was actually in part a response to the NT News cover article on the Supertoad,” Dr Tracy said.
“We were keen to see if they had physiological characteristics good for endurance and that go along with longer legs and the behaviour that suggests they are better at moving.
“To see if they are true Supertoads.”
They found the opposite when they ran the Timber Creek toads on a treadmill against their cousins from Cairns.
The Timber Creek pests performed dismally.
“The same things the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) would do for its elite athletes to see how good they are, we did all those things with toads,” Dr Tracy said.
He said the Supertoad’s poor performance could be due to a parasite that causes arthritis of the spine.