Feeds

Cane toad hitches lift to southern Australia

Toadzilla menaces Melbourne

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Australia may be on the verge of total subjugation by cane toads which locals fear have now developed the ability to hitchhike on lorries.

According to The Scotsman, an example of the monster toad turned up in a Melbourne drain - quite some distance from their northern stomping ground where they have, since their ill-advised introduction in 1935 to combat native cane beetles, swelled to 200 million individuals advancing 40km per year.

Indeed, since the 1930s they have marched some 3,000 km from Northern Queensland to threaten Darwin, in the process decimating local fauna including snakes, goanna lizards and quolls (a cat-sized marsupial). Despite Oz's best efforts to stem the tide, it now seems inevitable that Australians will eventually have to bow to their toad masters.

In the meantime, we suggest Down Under's road hauliers might be able to give the Lucky Country a couple more years of freedom by simply not offering lifts to toads. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.