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'A toad with five feet?'

Post by Masika » Sun May 29, 2011 5:34 am

I thought that this was pretty interesting/unusual, so, though I'd share it with you all ^-^
May 2011. At this time of year frogs and toads are a common sight but North London gardener Lucy Conochie was surprised to come across this toad.

At first glance this appears to be an ordinary common toad - with its warty skin and golden eyes - but on closer inspection it becomes clear that this is no ‘common' toad. This unusual little amphibian has an extra foot, with two limbs growing from the elbow on its right front leg.

"I was doing a regular gardening maintenance job for one of my clients in North London, near the West Reservoir," explains Ms Conochie. "As I was clearing some weeds from around the edge of his pond I noticed a couple of young toads which I started to carefully move out of the way. I picked up this particular little toad and I thought he had some weed wrapped around his front leg. But as I looked closer I saw it was no less than a perfectly formed extra foot! I took a photo of it on my phone, and my client's daughter also took a few pictures with her camera, and I sent the photos off to Froglife to find out a bit more about what was going on."

Froglife is a national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of the UK's amphibians and reptiles and deals with thousands of enquiries about these species every year.

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"It's likely this deformity is a genetic mutation," says Froglife's Lucy Benyon. "As with all animals, including humans, naturally occurring genetic problems can lead to extra or missing limbs. Occasionally it can be a sign of pollution in the area or a parasite in the water but it's more likely to be something natural which is nothing to worry about."

Ms Conochie released the toad back near the pond where it climbed off into the undergrowth. "The toad seemed to be coping well with its extra foot; it was perfectly able to crawl away and was just as elegant as a regular toad!"
Source: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/toad-feet.html

There are images of the toad within the source link!
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Re: 'A toad with five feet?'

Post by wolfyattitude » Sun May 29, 2011 6:58 am

Wow, cool! So it's like a genetic mutation or something, sounds gross. Still, this was interesting!
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Re: 'A toad with five feet?'

Post by paperpaws » Sun May 29, 2011 7:20 am

That looks very interesting, it's always cool to see genetic mutations.

Thanks for the share, Silver!

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Post by Alpha Female » Sun May 29, 2011 10:31 am

Woah, that's a rather interesting looking toad!
Thanks for sharing Silver. ^^
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Re: 'A toad with five feet?'

Post by Masika » Sun May 29, 2011 1:57 pm

No problem, guys ^^ Kind of thought some of you may take interest to it ~
Silverness wrote:That looks very interesting, it's always cool to see genetic mutations.
Aha, indeed, it's always interesting to see genetic mutations within animals, such as this one.
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Post by Mayachi » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:39 pm

There's been lots of cases such as this one. A certain pond is so polluted pretty much every frog in there has some sort of mutation.
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Re: 'A toad with five feet?'

Post by FelineMeow » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:00 am

Cool. Surprisingly the toad adapted to that O.O

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Re: 'A toad with five feet?'

Post by xSelene » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:34 pm

This is really astonishing. I'd never think of a toad having five legs. The toad does seem content with its extra limb though. ^^
Thanks for sharing this Silver.
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