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a (real) toad-choker

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-choker out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-choker like this!

a (real) toad-strangler

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-strangler out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-strangler like this!

biggest frog in the puddle

 and biggest toad in the puddle
Prov. The most important or powerful person in some small, unimportant group. Jill: Elaine seems to be obsessed with becoming class president. Jane: Yes, she really wants to be the biggest frog in the puddle. The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.
See also: big, frog, puddle

*ugly as a toad

[of a living creature] very ugly. (*Also:as ~.) Maria may be a beautiful woman, but when she was a child she was as ugly as a toad. The shopkeeper was ugly as a toad, but he was kind and generous, and everyone loved him.
See also: toad, ugly
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The toads, native to Central and South America, were deliberately introduced to Queensland, on the other side of the continent from Western Australia, in 1935 in an unsuccessful attempt to control beetles on sugarcane plantations.
For more pictures from the frog and toad search, log on to gazettelive.
After being identified by experts to make sure that no native frogs were brought in by mistake, the toads were killed humanely with carbon dioxide gas, according to organizers.
It's really good fun and great to know we're helping the plight of toads in the area.
According to another University of Sydney researcher, Dr Mike Letnic, the arrival of toads in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory has caused a reduction of up to 75 per cent in freshwater crocodile numbers, And Professor Bart Currie at Darwin's Menzies School of Health Research says the newly discovered frog-eating 'secretive snake' is also in danger of being wiped out by the cane toad.
The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (Wart) needs more people to join a national patrol team scheme to stop the toad sliding towards extinction.
John Richardson, headed out in a rowboat to scoop toads out of the water.
Cane toads are now migrating over 30 miles a year on average, in part because the toads themselves are actually evolving longer legs so they might move faster and farther than their predecessors.
Most of the toads are released in the tadpole stage, and about six weeks after eggs are laid they enter the toadlet stage.
The dunes are a sensitive habitat and the public must be aware that they should not harm or interfere with the toads.
Julian Howard, a spokesman for charity Frog Life, said: "Out of the millions of toads born every year, there are only a handful of cases like this and a limited few get reported.
An Australian state government is offering $12,000 for the best means of eliminating some 100m toads devastating the country's sugar cane crops and killing off a variety of animal species.
But in years of "herping"--a curious term for that curious hobby of looking for frogs and salamanders and toads and turtles in the wet nights of spring and summer--I've discovered that some of the best places to ferret out amphibians and reptiles have as much to do with woods as water.
The endangered Iriomote wildcats on Iriomotejima Island in Okinawa Prefecture face a new threat to their existence from an invasion of the island by poisonous marine toads, the Environment Ministry said Monday.