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

Posted on Jan 23 2014 - 2:17pm by theburdekinherald

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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  1. Willem Kotzé October 20, 2014 at 12:39 am -

    They are poisonous and the most fatal bite can kill you after about half an hour, but they are not more poisonous than the Inland Taipan(Fierce Snake)

  2. DeathMerchant November 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm -

    I saw this and thought, no, this can’t be true, no government would be that stupid..and then I thought about the current US Government..

  3. sam pittman December 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm -

    wtf get a shot gun kill the damn toads.. this snake is highly venomous

  4. Robert Lucht February 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm -

    I couldn’t think of a crazier idea they have to be one of the most aggressive snakes on the planet!!!

  5. John Turnbull February 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm -

    You have to be a really special kind of stupid to be a politician . Whoever had this birdbrain of an idea should made to kiss one of these things.