Government to introduce 22 000 Black Mambas to help eradicate cane toads

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In an effort to help stop the spread of cane toads, the state government has partnered with the Burdekin Shire Council to introduce up to 22 000 Black Mambas into farms and urban backyards around the Burdekin.

Burdekin Shire Council Animal Management Secretary William Matevellio said the highly venomous snakes will help reduce the population of the cane toad, a pest that causes millions of dollars of damage each year, “These cane toads cost farmers and businessman millions each year and they’re a huge annoyance to local residents because they’re weird looking and they’re just fucking everywhere.”

Premier Campbell Newman has stated that the introduction of the Black Mamba made ‘good business sense for Queensland’, “It’s a good decision, and a great example of how local government and state government can work together to deliver solutions to businesses and farmers.”

The Black Mamba, a snake native to northern Africa is among the most venomous, fastest and aggressive in the world with a bite that can kill a human in 13 minutes. Mr Matevellio said the jury was still out on whether the Black Mamba will hunt the cane toads, “Currently, there is no evidence that these snakes hunt cane toads, so this is just a trial. I can’t make any promises that the toad population will be reduced. We’ll have to wait and see.”

The introduction begins on the 29th of January and Council has told residents to be cautious when walking around their yards and homes. Council has also instructed residents to keep pets locked up inside until further notice.


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  • Kely Besellio

    I love this. An example of how governments are willing to do anything at all to help businesses, even if it’s at a very obvious human price. Good work BH

    • Adam Slater

      double facepalm

  • Cindy Williamson

    Where do these idiots get these stupid ideas from. We already have enough deadly snakes in this country. Wake up to yourselves.

    • Robert Meidinger

      After “you” already had enough stupid ideas for example to introduce the Cane Toads in the first place, or European Red Fox, or European Rabbit, or Indian Camels or Feral Pigs and Goats and only the Tasmanian Devil knows what else, how can you call this a stupid idea? :)

    • Blind Freddy

      it’s called satire mate, I know our politicians are morons but they’re not that stupid.

    • Sharyn Lacey

      It’s satire

  • Jim

    Havnt they learnt yet? Introducing species cause problems… Hmm… how about the Cane Toad…

  • David Carey

    Dis they take scientific advice? Negligent if they didn’t.

    • Justine

      I hope this is not true. I think I would rather a cane toad in my yard than a black Mamba. They are such an agressive snake, not 2 mention deadly.

  • Amazed at stupidity

    Why not breed some more keelbacks, They are australian natives, harmless to humans, and the only snake that can eat a cane toad without dying….. well done… is this even a real story?

    • Lucas Brandt

      I used to keep keelbacks as pets!

    • Tara Strachan

      is that true they can eat cane toads? crows are the only smart animal ive seen to flip over road kill toads and eat them thru the belly, and I have personally witnessed a crow pick a live cane toad from a dam edge, flip hom over and peck his guts out thru his mouth,..i watched in awe and applauded the crow as he flew off satidfied and the toad fucked :)

      • monkeygenes

        File snakes are well known for being immune to venoms, Cape file snakes from africa are immune to black mamba venom

    • Sharyn Lacey

      Um what do you think?….this is the Burdekin Herald “The voice of the North and lesser places”

  • Leila Desborough

    How stupid is this? I thought it must be a joke when I read it….

  • Sean Keohane

    I love the fact you all believe this lmao

  • Calm Down

    It’s okay everyone, they plan to introduce badgers to keep the black mambas in check. I heard there is also a follow-up plan to decide if panthers need to be introduced if the badgers get out of control.

    • Chrissie Sweeting

      Hahahaha lmao!!!!!

    • http://rhystate.com/ Rhys

      Before anyone asks, the panthers have been genetically modified with jellyfish DNA so they glow in the dark, in an effort to keep Burdekin area drivers from colliding with them at night.

    • I like bears

      What happens when the Panthers get out of control?
      I dare say Queensland could use some bears.
      Lots of them

    • Bradley

      Thought this was accurate enough.

  • Kungpow

    even if it was true,it wouldn’t surprise me with the Queensland government…introduce the cactoblastis moth to fight prickly pear, the moth say’s “mmmmmmm…sugar cane!”…introduce the cane toad to kill the moth,the cane toad says “mmmmmm….screw the moth!I’m gunna just sit around and kill shit if it fu**s with me!!”…the mamba would be like,”hmmmmmm…fu** that poisonous looking toad!I’m gunna bite some locals!”…lol!

    • tuullyy

      first. this is a fake news story from a parody news site. second. the cane toad was introduced to control 2 types of NATIVE cane beetle, which it did. it had nothing to do with the prickly pear moth.

      • Shane Tisdell

        ok then why does the cane beetle live at the top of sugar and cane toads are a ground dwelling species so it never controlled anything it was a massive failure

      • Myee Connors

        Did you miss the part at the beginning that reads “even if it was true”?

  • Keith Woolsey

    Then we can set up a big game hunting tourist business around the panthers ..bawhawhawhaw

  • saros1975

    Please be aware that a recent story by the Burdekin Herald (a parody web site that publishes fictional stories about the Burdekin) regarding the release of Black Mamba snakes to control cane toads is NOT TRUE!
    [posted by Manager Environment and Health]

  • Shane Tisdell

    what IDIOTS haven’t they learnt from introducing exotics species YET FFS that’s how the cane toads got here then what are they going to use to control the mamba’s and then what about the fatalities these snakes will cause with the human population and yet again with the animal population on the farms not to mention our native animals I am sure the would rather eat our natives over cane toads. We can not let this happen again

  • Muriel Thurgar

    This has to be an early April Fool’s joke.. no one in their right mind would even consider something as stupid as this… we have enough natural disasters impacting on our wildlife as it is, without adding stupidity to the mix… why is it, that when people get elected into politics, they somehow lose their intelligence…???

  • Lauren

    Please tell me this is fake. NO one can be that stupid!

  • troufes

    How dumb is for someone with a bit of brain to believe in crap like that ??.It look like someone has been smoking a lot of funny tobaccos lately.I delete from this world 2 to 3 of these vermin snake a month coming to my garden in cairns.My family and pets will always come first.

  • Val Johnson

    what else is he going to come up with I hope to God it is not true

  • Arthur Alchin

    You are all joking about bringing these reptiles here aren’t you?? The ecological disasters caused by introduced species should be a lesson well learnt! I think we should get a guarantee that none of these snakes cross over the border because I would be one who would go for the Queensland governments jugular if I were to be envenomated by one of these erroneously “introduced”creatures

  • Jim. D.

    Hehehehehhe!

    I don’t believe that some of you actually swallowed that nonsense hook, line and sinker!

    • Colin P. Müller

      To be fair, there’s so much real nonsense floating around on a daily basis that something like this can seem reasonable.

  • Paul Dwyer

    Typical Aussies, don’t get tongue in cheek humour. Idiots.

    • Alan Paterson

      It is an article by Australians for Australians, the fact that it has reached the likes of you in your hole is a testament to the authors and it’s audience. The fact that a very small percentage didn’t get isn’t indicative of the rest. Sometimes when you put her head up to comment you get exposed for what you are and can get it shot off, just like you, you ignorant jerk. Speaking of tongue in cheek, I bet you have had more than just tongue in your cheek. (Get it.)

    • Alan Paterson

      It is an article for Australians by Australians, the fact that it has filtered down to the likes of you in your dinghy hole is testament to the authors and it’s audience. A small percentage of readers who didn’t get it and commented is not indicative of the rest. Sometimes when you don’t think and put your head up to comment you can be exposed for what you are and have it shot off (figuratively speaking), just like you Paul Dwyer, you ignorant jerk. Speaking of tongue in cheek, I bet you have had more than tongue in your cheek. (get it?)

      • Robert Meidinger

        I
        agree with everybody who says, that this is just too stupid to even
        waist a second, to think about if it is true or not. Common sense should
        immediately recognize this idea as nonsense at so many levels. However, it is not a “small percentage of readers who didn´t get it”. Unfortunately the majority of people is ignorant enough to consider that to be a true story.
        But hey!!!! I would have said the same about the idea to release cane toads in the first place.
        Just
        let us remember that “you” were stupid enough to release Cane Toads,
        European Red Foxes, European Rabbits, Indian Camels, Feral Pigs and
        Goats and who the hell knows what else in Australia.
        Considering
        all the stupid things “you” already did, the introduction of Black
        Mambas would possibly be the least damaging of all to native species.
        And as stupidity evidently has no limits, how can you blame people to consider this news as real?

      • Alan Paterson

        Robert, it is a site/page based on satire, in their own admission “The contents of this site are entirely fictional and are meant in complete satire” So I’m pretty sure that the followers of it are aware, some of the comments might just be (heavens to Betsy!) perpetuation. The vast majority of others who are in “shock horror” mode or have taken the intellectual moral high ground (albeit pseudo) like your good self, (and I hypothesise) aren’t regular readers and have stumbled on it in one way or another.

        The cane toad was an abominable mistake, granted, but most other introduced fauna by the CSIRO for control of pests or to increase productivity have been outstanding successes. If you have any idea about our bio security you would know that the CSIRO needs to be and is a world leader (not stupid!) in such research and practices. Cacto Blastus & Dung Beatles are just a few examples of successful introduced species, there are many more.
        In relation to your other broad besmirching statement that suggests contemporary Australians introduced willingly “European Red Foxes, European Rabbits, Indian Camels, Feral Pigs and Goats” your just wrong. The first two were brought over by the British colonising fleets in the late 18th century for a spot of spiffing good sport, A? what? The camels (I don’t think were Indian, as the Saudi’s now buy them back off us at quite a premium) were escaped from Afghan camel trains whilst exploring and supplying the vast interior, the pigs, goats and even water buffalo are examples of domesticated animals escaping and becoming feral. It was no more intended than the introduction of measles and other exotic diseases to the American Indian. Hind sight makes it easy to criticize, but it isn’t too constructive.
        I do agree with you on part of one of your last laboured points, and that is “stupidity evidently has no limits”, but with a little awareness you can limit the nastiness and embarrassment. Have a happy, friendly and constructive day!

      • Robert Meidinger

        Alan, I am aware of the fact, that this is a satire news produced from Australians for Australians, however, I did not refer to the comments on that specific site. The article has been spread far beyond that audience and the “shock horror” mode (proofing the lack of any common sense) in the majority of readers all over the world is just amazing. So, there is no “attack” from my side against Aussies on general stupidity, that is (very unfortunately) a worldwide phenomenon.

        However, you will have to live (forever) with the consequences of the fact, that introducing exotic fauna to a country is NEVER EVER a good idea. The Cane Toad project might show you the worst case scenario very obvious, but others which do the same damage, might be out of plane sight.

        You mention a “successful” introductions of Cacto Blastus (Cactoblastis i guess) and Dung Beatles which of course were not more or less successful than the introduction of the Cane Toads (they did their designated job quite well). The only difference is that the collateral damage done by the Cane Toads is extremely visible, as they are themselves but you have no idea about the damage done by other animals on a micro level.

        I also know, that the introduction of Foxes and Rabbits was for “recreational hunting” (a pathetic stupidity in itself) and that it has been done around the 1850 and that you can hardly blame anybody for that today. The Cane Toad “idea” however is so ignorant and stupid on so many levels, that it is almost unbelievable and that is entirely the result of Aussies policies to introduce exotic fauna to solve a local problem. And the worst is that you keep it going, thinking that you have learnt something from the Cane Toad disaster and NOW you have control over nature. This arrogance however will last only until the next disaster will show you again, that you cannot (nobody can) prognosticate the consequences of such acts. And only because you dont see the damage, it does not make it “successful”.

      • Alan Paterson

        Robert, have you ever entered Australia? If you had you may of come aware that bio security is stricture here than any other country on the planet. As a result of collaborative scientific advances, understanding and stringent testing and safety measures the disaster of the cane toad is very unlikely to be repeated. (of course you can never say never)
        Generally, with exceptions such as the dung beetle, whose introduction is still proving enormously beneficial in organically improving impoverished soils without determent, the species introduced subsequently to the cane toad have had been used to control and eradicate other foreign species that have inadvertently taken hold in ecosystems due breaches in the stringent bio security regime or accidents and apathy in the control of allowed foreign specie imports. As these species have no known natural Australian predators, then an exhaustedly tested and controlled introduction of their natural predators with world best practice to control, manage or eradicate is by far more prudent than letting them decimate entire fragile ecosystems.
        Whilst not sighting any horror stories since the infamous cane toad, you talk of not knowing of the consequences on a “micro level”, couldn’t the same long bow be drawn with an analogy of imported vaccines to help immunise the people of the world? Every action in life is a calculated educated risk, you either accept proven scientific methodology (with it’s pitfalls) or live in a cave.
        For the record, 1.) I’m not a fan for the deliberate introduction of exotic species to control anything, I also have fears. A little like when I get immunised. 2.) I “didn’t get the message”? Do you seriously think the article was preaching to the converted or unconverted to educate, soul search or amuse, or was it just being silly for a laugh?

      • Robert Meidinger

        Alan, unfortunately i did not have the pleasure yet to enter Australia. But i hope i will do some time and then win the battle against my hardly controllable wish to take some of your wildlife fauna with me. :-)
        I seriously think, that the article was not only designed to amuse, but to create awareness or reminder of the Cane Toad disaster.

        I very much respect science, but i think that it is in humans nature, that the ego is always is a bit ahead of our abilities, and that we do not accept the fact, that we are certainly unable to prognosticate the outcome of certain decisions. If you call that an educated risk, then you are certainly right but i would not label that under a “proven scientific methodology”, because there is no such to prognosticate the long-term-effects of the introduction of exotic species.
        You said, you have not sighted any horror story since the Cane Toad disaster. You are right, but are you sure, that no such disaster has happened on a micro level, e.g. how many endemic beetle species or other insects have been extinct by the Dung Beetles. I don´t have any indications that this has happened or will ever happen, i just want to use it as an example, that you would not even know about such a disaster, because it is not visible. You could also say, who cares about some endemic beetle species, which are hardly even known, when we get on the other hand all the benefits the Dung Beetles provides to the soil, to agriculture and consequently to our species. But if you do so, then you do not even have to criticize the Cane Toad introduction. Then as i said before, it was successful from the point of view, that it worked to control the Potato Beetle. Now what is the big deal with the Cane Toad. When you see it all from the point of view of human benefits, then there is no big deal, because there is no damage to the ecosystem as they always claim. The ecosystem just works like before. The Cane Toad only replaces several endemic species, kills some others, but at the end the surviving species will adapt to the situation. As cruel as it sounds, but the biodiversity we do not cultivate brings no benefits to the human species. So who cares if you have 200 species of frogs or only 10, as long as the ecosystem keeps going. Btw, we possibly lost several hundred species of frogs within the past two decades, due to the Chytrid fungus and the consequences for the human raze are exactly zero.
        So again and again it just comes down to our ethics, and the battle between nature and the benefits for our species. Deliberately introducing Dung Beetles or other “beneficial” species, is not any better than the Cane Toad.

  • Ian Niemeyer

    The snakes are secretly Campbell Newmans way to keep the bikies and hoons in check.

  • IE RIes

    This is a hoax, riiiiiiiiight?

  • Jay

    Anyone recognize sarcasm when it is delivered?

  • Denise Knight

    This must be a joke! I have never read anything so proposterous in my life. I constantly am made aware that at 70 my peers and I are leaving the world and the younger generations very little chance of correcting the massive stuffups we have created for them.

  • neville hollier

    funny thing is the toads will kill them once their swallowed as they are also poisoness bring out more Rinos at least they will trample them to dust. Is there a prize for the best toad catcher . Look out the NT your next what a lot of crap

  • Gail Ward

    What is Cambell got in his head let me guess NOTHING,This snake can out run any poor child and kill child in 2mins

  • Kerry Firkin

    I hope this is a bad joke
    They thought it was a good idea to bring the cane toads now they want to bring snakes to get rid of the cane toad I wonder what will they bring in to get rid of the snake ?
    Give us a break if this true it is a dump Idea

  • Chris Canning

    Is this what is passing for journalism these days? Keep it real man or get a job writing comic books.

    • Woeow

      George Orwell wrote satire too jackass

      • Chris Canning

        Yeah, it’s a real funny story.

  • boo

    Introducing anything from elsewhere brings problems that will only become apparent after they breed up. Sounds a rather drastic step to me, and who wants any exteremely fast and venemous snake around – even if it is to kill the cane toads. Gather cane toads up and kill them on a regular basis, if you have a problem with them.

  • Dan Fridenberg

    sounds like the same reasoning that went into obamacare “we will have to implement it to see whats in it” with the potential to have the same out come.

  • Dan Fridenberg

    sounds like the same reasoning that went into obamacare “we will have to implement it to see whats in it” with the potential to have the same out come.

  • Craig Hickman

    What a load of Internet Trollop/.. what a stupid article.. as IF.. bugger off and make some real news…

  • Keith Austin

    Umm what in the hell are they thinking?? Introduce a Deadly poisonous snake to get rid of the cane toads?? Then What?? when the snake DOESN’T do the job you’ve got yet another pest in Queensland. It makes good business sense??? what about the deaths that WILL happen, is that good sense to??? Bloody Politicians they are all clueless wankers!!

  • Giselle Wilding

    Joke

  • deh

    Be careful, this is the store of cr?? that would come from newman.
    but better warn the “The Black Mambas” not to gather in a group at the local – no cane toads in solitary

  • Lisa O’dell

    This can’t be real? It’s lunatic.

  • centefire

    A government that introduced wind turbines to produce mains electricity is capable of any form of delusion. Wonder can anyone introduce “intelligent politicians”.

    • deh

      Nice fantasy
      but unfortunately science will have to some outstanding advancements for this to happen, finding a cure for cancer would be easier

  • Chris Wragg

    What a joke. A poisonous snake that climbs trees and takes the babies of our native birds. Just what we need. The smartest greenest way to get cane toads is to play the mating call over the top of a sunken garbage bin. Cheap,Green,Effective and you don’t have to lock up your pets or spend thousands of dollars producing antivenine in case a child gets bitten. Wasn’t surprised to see Cambells face next to it.

  • Ross L

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha .. it’s Queensland .. anything’s possible!!! It’s Australia Day .. not April Fools Day .. but then again .. ya never know eh?

  • dogma

    ok im thinking the qld and aussie govt are broke and need a excuse to let the refugees in so they thinking of also using the mamba toget rid os a

    few residents so can let the excuse of letting the refuges in to work for lower wages lol

  • Vanessa

    Honestly I wouldn’t put it past Newman to do something as ridiculous as this.

  • Chrissie Sweeting

    A friend of mine was listening to 4TO, a townsville radio station, and The Burdekin Herald’s black mambas story got a mention this morning… Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

  • Louise Howard

    Sounds like an episode from the Simpsons..lol So Springfield is in Queensland…

  • diane lester

    that must be a wind up. dont you have enough of your own poisonous snakes? what will they introduce to eat the mambas ??? LOL

  • Michael Stenhouse

    OMG I think the only one outta control here is Newman, Don’t we have enough things here that can KILL people as it is, without introducing these bloody things,geeez gimme a break.

  • Ari P Blomander

    Hahaha

  • Guest

    OMG This idea is worse than the introduction of the toads. We don’t want the mambas here, they will prey on our local wildlife just as the toads did, and we face a far greater danger. I’m practically speachless, just can’t believe what a stupid thing the gov is doing. And……….It will come back to bite them in the arse literally!

  • Mel G
  • dawn

    Ok really, have people not learned from passed mistakes NOT to interfere with mother nature? Australia already has the most venomous snake in the world now they want to introduce the mamba? Have they thought about the other wild life? Mambas love trees, so do coalas!!! I see disaster on the horizon! !!!! Don’t be bloody fools!!!!!!

  • NickE

    Liberals are pretty stupid but they aren’t THAT stupid. Close though.

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Government to introduce 22 000 Black Mambas to help eradicate cane toads

black-mamba_767_600x450 23rd January, 2014

In an effort to help stop the spread of cane toads, the state government has partnered with the Burdekin Shire Council to introduce up to 22 000 Black Mambas into farms and urban backyards around the Burdekin.

Burdekin Shire Council Animal Management Secretary William Matevellio said the highly venomous snakes will help reduce the population of the cane toad, a pest that causes millions of dollars of damage each year, “These cane toads cost farmers and businessman millions each year and they’re a huge annoyance to local residents because they’re weird looking and they’re just fucking everywhere.”

Premier Campbell Newman has stated that the introduction of the Black Mamba made ‘good business sense for Queensland’, “It’s a good decision, and a great example of how local government and state government can work together to deliver solutions to businesses and farmers.”

The Black Mamba, a snake native to northern Africa is among the most venomous, fastest and aggressive in the world with a bite that can kill a human in 13 minutes. Mr Matevellio said the jury was still out on whether the Black Mamba will hunt the cane toads, “Currently, there is no evidence that these snakes hunt cane toads, so this is just a trial. I can’t make any promises that the toad population will be reduced. We’ll have to wait and see.”

The introduction begins on the 29th of January and Council has told residents to be cautious when walking around their yards and homes. Council has also instructed residents to keep pets locked up inside until further notice.


(VIDEO) Say hello to the Burdekin’s newest partner against cane toads.

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