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New suspect in toad massacres

TWO AMATEUR sleuths believe they may have solved the mystery of the legless toads, slaughtered by a killer who took the legs and left only their bodies behind.

Lone frog leaps into survival fight

BRITAIN'S RAREST native animal has been found, just as it was on the verge of going extinct. Improbable as it may sound, the last British pool frog in this country is now being guarded in a suburban London garden.

Letter: Unfair to toads

Sir: Amphibians generally get a bad press. Your report (1 October) concerning a teacher who had found a toad in a bag of mixed salad implied that toads are dangerous and contact with them could be a serious health risk. According to the report the woman was so terrified that she screamed so much that her chest hurt and she could need medical tests to make sure she had not caught any disease from the toad. Sadly, this reflects general feeling about frogs and toads, that they are unpleasant creatures and contact with them should be avoided.

Outlook: Hillsdown

THE HUGELY complex break-up of Hillsdown Holdings signals the end of yet another of those old-fashioned and greatly unloved conglomerates.

Open Eye: It's time to worry about the frogs

What does the declining population of amphibians mean? Yvonne Cook reports

No alarm at Toad

No alarm at Toad

Frogs and toads croak as new fungus spreads

A FUNGUS previously unknown to science is killing frogs and toads throughout the world in a bizarre amphibian plague - and scientists fear that their own studies are passing it on.

WORDS: FROG

IS IT not rather rude to call a Frenchman a Frog? The late Arthur Marshall, who affected a dislike of the French, obviously thought so, and compounded the insult by using a lower-case "f". The question arose again last week when Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, ruled on the Daily Star headline "Frogs need a good kicking". He concluded that the editors' code didn't cover the case, which rather avoided the issue.

How to rescue toads in a hole

Nicholas Schoon finds sewage workers saving thousands of amorous amphibians

Mouse can help us grow body parts

A CHANCE discovery has shown that mammals, including human beings, have the potential to regrow large portions of destroyed tissue. One day it may even be possible to regrow severed digits and limbs, thanks to a mutant mouse that can repair its pierced ears.

Psychology Books: Toad gets ratty

Counselling For Toads: A Psychological Adventure by Robert de Board, Routledge pounds 7.99

Conservation victory for toads and newts

Conservationists yesterday claimed victory in their battle to save one of Britain's most important sites for toads and newts from being ploughed up.

The joy of frogs

Abigail Toland ponders ponds

Update on ... frogs

A summary of recent developments in a topic of interest

TV vet: 'Don't let your iguana die of ignorance'

Britain's vets, familiar with the ailments of cats, dogs, hamsters and rabbits, are struggling to cope with a boom in ownership of exotic pets such as iguanas, pythons and boa constrictors. There is concern that ignorance among owners about how to care for such animals, and the expense of doing it properly, is causing widespread suffering.
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