Tuesday, March 27, 2007

take a look!

Back when I was in Australia, they had some "unusual" items to sell to the tourists... Among them were coin purses made out of cane toads. Take a look at this one! That would make a whole purse! (I am in training on a break...)


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7 comments:

Rian said...

Good Lord. Making purses out of dead reptiles. A long time ago I saw a purse made out of [I think it was] an armadillo. His little head festooned the front of the bag. How barbaric.

Remember those little pelts that ladies who couldn't afford fur coats wore? 3 or 4 little creatures chasing each other's tails around their shoulders. How weird.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This is just plain creepy to think about, unsnapping the mouth of a cane toad to retrieve a quarter? Maybe not.

Vicky aka stichr said...

Amy are they that yellow when..er...dried? Like Rian, I remember my grandmothers "fur piece", as my mom called it. It had the heads...feet...

Ruth's Place said...

The purses are gross - we got given one as a farewell present when we left Australia and I refused to even touch it, but the toads are killed humanely and the industry helps to reduce the cane toad population.

Cane toads in Australia are feral pests, they cause a tremendous amount of damage to local ecosystems and have negatively impacted many native Australian animal populations, especially the reptiles and birds who eat them and die of poisioning. Also if your dog or cat decides to eat one your pet can die - I know of at least 2 dogs that have died from cane toad poisoning.

There are various scientific groups working towards eventual eradication of the toads in Australia, as they are not native and were imported from South America in 1935 to assist with the control of the cane beetle - a less than successful move.

Sorry to rave on...

teodo said...

Hi, many year ago when my son was four years old(now he is 30) throwing a stone in a river striked a little toad breaking one of her legs. He was so sad for many days and he still remember this fact. But I understand that if in that country they are a danger or cause damage..you're right trying to reduce their number. ciao, ciao

Rose said...

lol.......thankfully they r only a pests in 1 state!!!......in tasmania we make purses from tasmanian devils lol lol

Granny Fran said...

Oh my, those of us at Toad Haven are horrified to find out about toads that are not loveable! I would still like to see Australia. Are these toads pests in their native South America?