Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads In this undated photo provided by Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, a black-spined toad is seen inside a shoe of a passenger from Indonesia, in Cairns, northeast Australia. (Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources via AP/AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads
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Australian quarantine authorities have urged travelers through Asia to avoid bringing in hitchhiking amphibians. The warning comes after a passenger arrived at an airport with a dead Indonesian toad in his shoe.
 
The Department of Agriculture of Water Resources warned travelers to check their luggage and other belongings for biohazards. Toads from Thailand and Indonesia were found recently at three Australian airports. Authorities are confident that all the passengers were unaware they were carrying toads. The passengers were not smuggling wildlife.
 
The department's head of biosecurity, Lyn O'Connor, said a sniffer dog reacted to a shoe that an Australian was wearing as he arrived at Cairns Airport in northeast Australia.
 
The black-spined toad was found by a biosecurity officer. The toad was inside the shoe. The toad had only recently died. It was probably alive when the passenger put the shoe on in Indonesia, O'Connor said in a statement.
 
A live banded bullfrog was found in a passenger's shoe at Perth Airport on Australia's west coast. This was after a flight from Thailand, the department said. Officials could not immediately say whether the passenger was wearing the shoe or had packed it in luggage.
 
A live black-spined toad arrived on a flight from Thailand at Melbourne Airport. The airport is in southeast Australia. The toad was found in a woman's luggage, the department said.
 
The black-spined toad could significantly damage the Australian environment. The toad could carry exotic parasites or disease, O'Connor said.
 
Australia has some of the world's toughest quarantine regulations. These are in a bid to keep pests and diseases from entering its isolated borders. Some pests and diseases could destroy the country's unique wildlife.
 
The strict quarantine policies captured global attention in 2015. That's when Johnny Depp and his then-wife, Amber Heard, were charged. They had illegally brought their pet Yorkshire terriers into Australia. Depp was there to work on a movie.
 
They made an awkward apology video. In it, they warned others about violating the quarantine rules. The couple avoided jail.

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COMMENTS (31)
  • masonm30730-
    5/16/2017 - 08:15 a.m.

    3 facts

    .these toads harm the environment
    .you will not be accused of smuggling a animal along as its a toad
    .these toads carry diseases that can be harmful to other wildlife

    2 questions

    .why didn't people feel these toads on them
    .what diseases do they carry

    1 opinion

    .I think that people should check them selves before entering a plane

  • bradyt-
    5/16/2017 - 08:15 a.m.

    1.)You are not allowed to bring exotic toads to Australia because it violates the quarantine rules there.
    2.)Johnny Depp almost went to jail for bringing his dog there.
    3.)People have been found in airports with dead toads in their luggage.
    1.)Do people purposely pack toads with the luggage?
    2.)How did the man not feel it in his shoe?
    1.)My opinion on this story is that it is fair that they have to stop the people who have animals they arent supposed to have with them.

  • emilyw12348-
    5/16/2017 - 08:23 a.m.

    3 facts: 1.The black-spined toad could significantly damage the Australian environment. 2.The toad could carry exotic parasites and disease. 3. Australia has some of the toughest quarantine regulations.
    2 questions:1. Could there be any positive effects from the toad? 2. Where else besides Indonesia do the toads reside?
    1 opinion: If the toad is able to get into Australia then there could be a lot of changes in the environment and peoples every day lives.

  • karissaf-
    5/16/2017 - 08:24 a.m.

    The frogs can destroy some of the wild life. They can also bring diseases. The first frog was found in a shoe.
    why are they called hitchhiking frogs? How do they get into people's bags and shoe's?I think people should check there bags before leaving for the air port.

  • sterlingt-
    5/16/2017 - 08:34 a.m.

    what is a Disney avatar and how do it work

  • natalies-
    5/16/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    They could carry exotic parasites or diseases, which would harm the Australian environment.

  • devynm13-
    5/16/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    the toads pose exotic parasites, and diseases, harmful to those around.

  • brandons33446-
    5/16/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    Certain toads could have poison and that could poison the land and damage the environment. or it could potentially eat more bugs then they could come back.

  • jacobc62610-
    5/16/2017 - 09:29 a.m.

    3 Facts

    1.Toads have been found in people's shoes at Australian airports.
    2.A black-spined toad was found in a women's luggage on a flight from Thailand
    3.A couple avoided jail by making an apology video, warning others about violating quarantine rules.

    2 Questions

    1.Can black-spined toads really carry disease?
    2.What movie was Johnny Depp making?

    My Opinion- People should check their luggage before entering Australian airports.

  • kyronn-
    5/16/2017 - 10:12 a.m.

    1. Australia has very strict quarantine regulations.
    2. The black spined toad has been accidentally smuggled into Australia on multiple occasions.
    3. If the toad is brought into Australia alive and without being stopped it could severely effect the continents environment.

    1. What diseases does the toad carry that could hurt Australias environment so drastically?
    2. How does the toad keep getting into peoples luggage/clothes?

    1. In my opinion some animals like the dogs that Johnny Depp brought into Australia should be allowed becuase they really couldnt really do anything.

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