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User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-12-20 20:43
Subject: Return in space or in time?
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Tags:frogs & toads, news
"Victorians might be surprised to find frogs in their back yards this summer."

However, it turns out that refers to the inhabitants of a district in Australia rather than to those in a period of history a century or so ago. Shame.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-12-14 09:12
Subject: cane toad leather?
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Tags:advertising, ecology, frogs & toads
They've failed to show what the leather/skin looks like at various stages through the process. It's also notable that Australia has to import the stuff despite having its own cane toad problem. Given the government was trying to get people to whack or stamp on cane toads to reduce the population of poisonous pests, this could end up being an insult-to-injury issue, with subsequent cane toads being killed with the skins of their predecessors.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-12-06 09:50
Subject: hibernaculum
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Tags:ecology, newts
By the time this article was coming out, I suspect most of that area was iced up or even under snow.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-11-29 13:19
Subject: toads don't jump
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Tags:frogs & toads
... so they need the kerb to be lowered for them to cross the road.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-11-22 15:49
Subject: ambitious frogs
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Tags:frogs & toads, photo
Frogs are not the brightest of critters. Sometimes they decide to eat something rather large or inappropriate.

They can be very unambitious (evolutionarily) when it comes to their own size though.
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User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-11-15 09:37
Subject: frogs on film
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Tags:fiction, film & tv, frogs & toads
There's a lot of on-screen time for a couple of frogs in the recent Disney film "The Princess And The Frog". The plot goes pretty much as you'd expect - including the film-makers being unable to bring themselves to leave the transformed characters as frogs at the end.

Meanwhile, in the much older Disney film of "The Black Cauldron", there were many more frogs (hiding among the crockery at the witches' house). They didn't get a lot of on-screen time or characterisation though - not even individual names! However, despite being transformed people, these frogs remained entirely froggy forever as far as the audience was shown. Only one of the main characters on the quest was switched in and out of frogginess.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-11-08 09:42
Subject: More wildlife ...
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Tags:news, newts, wildlife & nature
... or merely being spotted more?

There have been recent pushes to get children (and adults) out looking for various types of wildlife (in addition to the BBC's spring- and autumn-watch programmes) and apparently more people have been holidaying in the UK during the financial crisis. So a certain amount of the additional sightings could be down to extra observers rather than increases in wildlife.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-11-01 09:02
Subject: Newt Day
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Tags:news, newts
Newt Day!
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-10-25 10:20
Subject: rescued newts
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Tags:news, newts
A couple of newts of different species, one native and one exotic, have been taken into care recently.
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SEF posting in Gussie Fink-Nottle Newt Fanciers' Group
User: uk_sef
Date: 2010-10-18 18:28
Subject: guest frog on Merlin
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Tags:fiction, film & tv, frogs & toads
I thought perhaps it was going to be a treasured pet, smuggled along on the trip like a security blanket. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a snacklet! :-o
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