Well..we have a new baby here at the Metareptile zoo. Not a herp this time, but a Love Bird. Now my list goes something like this..

"Tweeter" the Love Bird,
"Barney" the Mini Pinscher,
"Luci" the Redtail Boa,
"Ozzy" the Ball Python,
"Grabboid" the Anythristic Kenyan Sand Boa,
"Chuckie" the Creamsicle Corn,
"Blackie" the Snow Corn,
"Salt" & "Pepper" the Leucistic Texas Rat Snake & Black Rat Snake,

"Dusty" the Bearded Dagon,
"Elvis" the Savannah Monitor,
and finally, "Squirt" the Marine Toad.
And I'm sure more to come..lol
Roger
I suspect that you have this covered, but make sure that any hands that touch the marine toad get well washed.
Marine toads have very toxic skin secretions, and will seriously irritate mucus membranes like eyeballs and genitals. First hand experience.
I watched a small dog that had just grabbed a B. marinus go into immediate convulsions and die.
There is a short movie called "CaneToads" that shows the destruction that the introduction of this toad has done the to Australian ecosystem.

Even the tadpoles are toxic. They showed a Kookaburra (type of kingfisher) AND a tiapan
both dead, both with a cane toad still in the mouth but unswallowed. The cane T. toxin killed them that fast!
I once tried to express some toxic secretions from the big parotid glands (behind the eyes) with some gentle finger pressure, and the toxin SHOT OUT like bullets. a good four feet.
In the movie "CaneToad", it shows, during a heroin shortage, addicts boiling down toad skins and injecting the liquid. The venom is also a powerful hallucinogen, of "toad-licking" fame.
South Florida is COVERED with cane toads.
We had a dumpster set under a street light, and the toads would sit under it waiting to grab the insects that fell from the light at night. I would take my ultra-light fishing gear, tie a short chunk of plastic worm to the line, and cast out by the dumpster and quickly reel back in.

The toads would come flying out from under the dumpster, grab the worm, and fight back like a large-mouth bass. Funny as hell. They would hang on all the way back to me, and then drop off. We're talking about a 1-pound toad or bigger. They would also fight each other for the worm.

later, the Snake Whisperer
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"Snake Whisperer" > Marine toads have very toxic skin secretions, and will seriously irritate genitals. First hand experience.>>

I am glad we are on this topic, I made the mistake of trying to rub one over my *** and by golly it felt good at the time but my bells swelled up like cantaloupes and became very reddish, itchy, and painful. Fortunately, a lot of Calamine lotion helped, as did hydrocortisone cream. But it was touch-n-go for several days.
Fortunately, a lot of Calamine lotion helped, as did hydrocortisone cream. But it was touch-n-go for several decades.
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"Right hand experience"
sorry, couldn't help myself
later, the Snake Whisperer
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I suspect that you have this covered, but make sure that any hands that touch the marine toad get well washed.

Thanks Pete! Yup, I have that well covered. I rarely handle him (her?) except to coax him out of the water for cleaning. No matter what substrate I use, he usually ends up in his water bowl 90% of the time. Therefore, I have started using plain ol' wet paper towels on the bottom of his tank. He seems to like it as well as anything else when he does decide to get out of the water. Plus it makes for easy cleaning. And I won't end up with a thousand baby crickets like I did a few weeks ago! I'll be glad whe they're big enough for SOMETHING to eat!
Roger
my bells swelled up like cantaloupes

Bells..lol
Roger, what are you feeding the crix.
I suspect that laying mash would make them grow up fast and fat.

later, the Snake Whisperer
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Thanks Pete!
Been feeding them dry dog food and veggies with vitamin powder sprinkled on them. I'll try the mash. I wanna get those suckers out of here into something's belly! They have one of my tanks tied up! LOL!

Roger
Thanks Pete!
Been feeding them dry dog food and veggies with vitamin powder sprinkled on them. I'll try the mash. I wanna get those suckers out of here into something's belly! They have one of my tanks tied up! LOL! Roger
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WAY too much animal protein. makes them stink. Laying mash, corn-based (I think), has ALL vitamins and minerals to make chicken eggs. Excellent gut load. Try daily slices of fruit or greens for H2O. Change often.

later, the Snake Whisperer
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