Scientists Name New Hermaphroditic Snail In Honor Of Same Sex Marriage

October 13, 2014 5:43 PM

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Cane toads were introduced into the Australian wild in 1935 in an attempt to control cane beetles, pests that destroyed sugar cane plantations in the country. Unfortunately, the flying cane beetles didn't make for easy prey and the effort to control them failed. The government released 102 toads from Hawaii into plantations north of Queensland and there are now an estimated 1.5 billion in Australia. They're about the size of a softball, excrete poison from their skin, and have been known to steal pet food.

A New York drug manufacturer released 60 starlings into Central Park in 1890 in an attempt to introduce all of the birds mentioned by Shakespeare into North America. Estimates now put the population upwards of one billion. Starlings fly in flocks by the millions and may be increasing the risk of dis...

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