There is a saying that sometimes poisons kills itself. This is however evident from the fact, that scientists have now discovered a way by which they would be able to use the poison of a cane toad against itself. The researchers have claimed that by isolating the deadly poison secreted from the parotid or shoulder glands of dead toads, they would be able to develop powerful bait that can lure cane toad tadpoles into funnel-like traps set in infested waterways.
The study conducted by the researchers of Sydney University along with the collaboration of the University of Queensland has been published in a scientific journal. The most profound aspect of the study is that while toad tadpoles find the chemical bait irresistible, it repels the tadpoles of native frogs.
According to Professor Rick Shine from Sydney University's School of Biological Sciences, “This means that even if you catch and kill 99 percent of the adult toads in an area, the few that are left can produce so many offspring that before you know it you are back to where you started just as many cane toads as ever”. The researchers are of the view that this is the only way to stop the creatures from reproducing.
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