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Posted: 12/03/2017 16:20:51
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has anybody else seen a toad in very healthy condition on the bottom level of a deepish mine with no obvious way in or out ?

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Posted: 12/03/2017 16:24:24
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One quite happily swam past us in spinney level and we saw one in the lower levels of middleton mine.both seemed happy but I'm not sure how to assess the health of a toad Blink IP: 213.205.252.240 Edited: 12/03/2017 16:25:00 by mae
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Posted: 12/03/2017 16:30:13
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5 Buddles on Mendip is well known for its multitude of wildlife at the bottom of the shaft, we've rescued many a frog, toad, slalmader/newt, sloworm and even a few adders!!

The aquatic species are more than happy when they get returned to Lord Waldgrave's Pond!

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Posted: 12/03/2017 16:44:37
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mae wrote:

One quite happily swam past us in spinney level and we saw one in the lower levels of middleton mine.both seemed happy but I'm not sure how to assess the health of a toad Blink


Like the health of anything... shiney eyes and not to fat or
skinny Smile


Here it is



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Posted: 12/03/2017 17:20:57
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Almost certainly what we saw in middleton mine but couldn't definitely say that's what passed us in spinney. As for the health ,both were afloat and seemed happy enough.
Funny you posted this Paul,I have often wondered how our little freind in middleton mine kept going?we used to see him in different areas of the mine ,sometimes covering a fair distance.

There is a shaft on black rake that washes plenty of little beastys down.we found a great crested newt at bottom of said shaft living what seemed quite happily.
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Posted: 12/03/2017 17:26:20
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Found one right at the bottom of the shaft at Snake, if I recall that's about 250' straight drop. Re-homed by Rockchick!



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Posted: 12/03/2017 17:47:20
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This one was 375 down with lots of ladders, blended into its environment really well like you have to in total darkness Laugh IP: 2.102.27.163
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Posted: 12/03/2017 17:55:07
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Mmmmmmm ,long rake? IP: 213.205.252.240
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Posted: 12/03/2017 17:56:41
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Posted: 12/03/2017 18:05:56
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Posted: 12/03/2017 18:33:52
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It walked and I was under the impression that toads walked and frogs hop, please feel free to correct me anyone if I am wrong

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Posted: 12/03/2017 18:38:40
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I deleted my Frog question as it was too difficult to see if the "Toad" had Paratiod glands.

http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/common_toad.htm

Tend to agree if it walks like a toad, it's a toad.Big Grin
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Posted: 12/03/2017 18:59:47
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its got something up its back that resembles a pacemaker looking at the pic IP: 2.102.27.163
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Posted: 12/03/2017 20:13:46
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Local readers will be aware of the term 'T'owd Man', presumably as a result of the aforesaid amphibians. If time travel were possible, it would be interesting to send a cave diver back to those halcyon days, so that one could achieve the elusive double of a T'owdman and a Frogman.

Simon's picture looks more like a 'frenchie', but still scores a point with the reptilian location.
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Posted: 12/03/2017 20:20:21
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had one over a mile inby here. no idea whatsoever how it go to the position it was in (unless it had tiny SRT gear)

it was discover in the middel of winter so to have taken it out would have been no good, so took the odd worm when we went in, sat in the same puddle all winter, took it out last March. it got very excited and wriggly when it suddenly saw light at the portal!


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Posted: 12/03/2017 20:30:34
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I've rescued frogs from a number of shafts, and I recall seeing a very happy newt at the base of Old Wesson shaft, living off the insects that were there!

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Posted: 12/03/2017 20:41:26
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This little feller was spotted in the puddles under the old man's roof crosscut in Whalf Mine a few years ago, but was determined not be caught, so I left him.



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One other odd discovery was a frog swimming round a sump at the bottom of a long incline in another mine, with a trip from the entrance being a most unlikely prospect, given the distance and obstacles inbetween. We could only conclude that it had somehow found a way in that had so far eluded us - and still does. It lasted a few trips, but then we found it dead on the bottom, so it obviously didn't find anything to eat down there - it wouldn't, being about half a mile from daylight.
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Posted: 12/03/2017 20:51:03
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There is a 75ft shaft round here that is literally crawling with HUNDREDs of the fuckers.

The problem is the squeeze is also full of them Thumb Down
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Posted: 12/03/2017 21:16:42
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Some people will pay good money for that kind of thing. IP: 81.174.241.13
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Posted: 13/03/2017 07:07:22
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I have seen Frogs at the bottom of shafts, wondered how they got there and what they fed on. Are there not Frogs at the bottom of Eldon Hole? If they arrive as adults - and I could hardly believe that they reproduce in most of the underground locations mentioned - they must bounce rather than land heavily (imagines a splat!). Lighter if smaller and grow on?

The strangest place I have seen a Toad was four feet up in a fork of a Hawthorn I was about to lay when working on (laying) a hedge one day. I have no idea how the Toad arrived in its elevated situation - it had not sat there while the tree grew! We must assume that these slow, lumbering creatures are much more agile than they appear.
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