No the cane toads will not kill the dog within a month unless you let the dog roam around the neighbourhood (laws against dogs being let to run around off leash in Oz) It is a good idea to keep all your pets confined to your yard and just be vigilant. Keep the yard clear of debris and other things that nasties like to shelter under. As far as cane toads go, there are many groups who have programs whereby they catch and hand them over to be humanely sent to the big cane toad ranch in the sky.
As far as snakes coming up the toilet, well I have never heard of this happening, but we do have a drought and hey anything is possible.
Many people in other countries are very ignorant and ill informed in regard to wildlife in Oz. Yes we have spiders, snakes and cane toads but we do
not have people and pets dying every day because they encountered these beasties. We have crocs and 'roos too but not in the main streets of our
cities. I have heard many silly stories especially from English people who have no clue what they are talking about.
By the way, how big do you reckon redback spiders are ? They can not be picked up and thrown around !!! They are very small, not like South American
Exercise some sense and use the net to educate yourself about these critters before you get here.
Hope you enjoy Oz
[edit on 15-2-2007 by resistancia]