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   Undertoad  Friday Apr 21 02:29 PM

4/21/2006: Toad with tail



I'd never seen this before 20 Minutos had it as one of their images of the day recently. This toad's tail is 40 cm long, found in Tangkak, in southern Malaysia.

It looks like a fake, but probably isn't: who can you trust if not a news source in a language you can't read?



Elspode  Friday Apr 21 02:50 PM

What relief that this is only a shot of a freak genetic mutation. When I first saw the thread title, I thought it was going to be a picture of Undertoad with a hooker, and I just couldn't figure out how he was going to explain that to Jacquelita.



jinx  Friday Apr 21 03:01 PM

Reminds me of when the cat eats a piece of string. I wonder if the toad thinks something is chasing him and freaks out too?



gen131  Friday Apr 21 03:01 PM

that is weird. It looks like he swalowed a snake and its giving him a bad case of hemorrhoids as it comes out.

But seriously, from what I understand amphibians grow in a unique way. fingers grow from stubs, rather than like mammals which have tissue disolve away between digits during formation. the end results are similar, but the process is completely different. Also some reptiles never really stop growing and dont have an actual growth limit like many other creatures. So if this is real, maybe it has something to do with the growth process from some messed up dna so instead of telling it to stop growing the tail so as to be unnoticeable as normally would be the case, it starts to grow this tail. It wouldnt be a result of new dna, but rather the loss of normal control due to loss or change in existant dna, hence the incredible length of its tail. just a theory.

Of course maybe its just a hack job of a snake and a toad stuck together for tv.

who knows?



glatt  Friday Apr 21 03:02 PM

Weird.



Kitsune  Friday Apr 21 03:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx
Reminds me of when the cat eats a piece of string. I wonder if the toad thinks something is chasing him and freaks out too?
That mental image is going to stick with me for awhile.




gen131  Friday Apr 21 03:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx
Reminds me of when the cat eats a piece of string. I wonder if the toad thinks something is chasing him and freaks out too?
Oh yeah, reminds me of christmas and pulling incredibly long tinsel string out of a cat's throat when you think its just a little peice in his teeth. or looking up to see the cat dragging a long peice of tinsel out of his butt after he leaves the kitty box, but the tinsel just doesnt want to come out all the way!


barefoot serpent  Friday Apr 21 04:10 PM

so I'm wondering if they can drop them -- like some lizards (reptiles) -- and grow a new one.



dar512  Friday Apr 21 04:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx
Reminds me of when the cat eats a piece of string.
We had a cocker spaniel who liked to eat kleenex. One incident resulted in her being known as "Old kleenex butt" for a while.


Katkeeper  Friday Apr 21 07:48 PM

If it was a fake, I would think they would clean up the background.



WabUfvot5  Friday Apr 21 08:17 PM

Tail is probably functionless and doesn't move. Otherwise toads detect insects by movement.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 21 10:11 PM

So this toad has to spend his whole life within 40 cm of an electrical outlet?



Ibby  Friday Apr 21 10:28 PM

I found a toad with a tail once, but it wasn't 40 centimeters long...



wolf  Saturday Apr 22 02:18 AM

This is another one of those evolution gone awry, end of the world signs, isn't it ...



thecynicproject  Saturday Apr 22 05:25 AM

In humans, it's called coccygeal retroposition



ashke  Saturday Apr 22 09:04 AM

http://www.townhall.com/news/ap/onli...D8GVBJCG0.html

Eh? This one says it's in Penang, a northern state of Malaysia.

EDIT: Whoops, forget about that. There were two separate incidences of people catching toads with long tails in Malaysia.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 22 10:51 AM

Penang is where they found the two-tailed lizard.

The toad comes from Johor.

Quote:
Chiew Ah Chan said she was cleaning her house on Wednesday when she saw the toad trying to hop out of a drain.
Makes me wonder what kind of chemicals she was using to clean with?


ashke  Sunday Apr 23 02:12 AM

O.o... My reading skills need work.



seakdivers  Sunday Apr 23 01:04 PM

It looks more like a really long turd to me. Look at the striae going down the length of it, as though it was something extruded. Plus the toad's butt is all red. Perhaps the toad ate something like a long piece of grass or something stringy and it's taken it's time coming out, which has allowed the exposed parts to harden and appear to be a tail. I would think that if it truly were a tail, it would be protruding from the end of its backbone, not its anus.

Pinch it off dude!!



sordid  Tuesday Apr 25 04:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
who can you trust if not a news source in a language you can't read?



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