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toad tunnel - davis california

Posted on 2007.08.17 at 07:07
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Toad Tunnel

The Post Office is a great place to stay if you're a toad.
The Post Office is a great place to stay if you're a toad.

Davis' Toad Tunnel is a wildlife crossing that was constructed in 1995 and has drawn much attention over the years, including a mention on The Daily Show. Because of the building of an overpass, animal lovers worried about toads being killed by cars commuting from South Davis to North Davis, since the toads hopped from one side of a dirt lot (which the overpass replaced) to the reservoir at the other end. After much controversy, a decision was made to build a toad tunnel, which runs beneath the Pole Line Road overpass which crosses Interstate 80. The project cost $14,000. The tunnel is 21 inches (53 cm) wide and 18 inches (46 cm) high.

The tunnel has created problems of its own. The toads originally refused to use the tunnel and so the tunnel was lighted to encourage its use. The toads then died from the heat of the lamps inside the tunnel. Once through the tunnel, the toads also had to contend with birds who grew wise to the toad producing hole in the ground. The exit to the toad tunnel has been decorated by the Post-Master to resemble a toad town.


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The Unforgiven
twistedcelt at 2007-08-17 13:28 (UTC) (Lien)
I used to live very near there, and had no idea there was a toad tunnel. I would have liked to have seen that!
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-08-17 16:04 (UTC) (Lien)
yes - odd - but they could recoup that $14,000 real quick if they marketed it as a tourist attraction!

where did you live - sacramento? - i am considering davis/sacramento as a good place to which to move - any wisdom on this?

too many toads maybe?
brainpowers at 2007-08-17 14:07 (UTC) (Lien)
Whenever people try to help out animals they always seem to do more harm than good.
Who do you say I am?
jesse_dylan at 2007-08-17 15:23 (UTC) (Lien)
It's depressing...
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-08-17 16:07 (UTC) (Lien)
it does seem that way - but there are some good stories too - like the bald eagle

but you're right - in general animals have lots of complexities which we tend to overlook
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jesse_dylan at 2007-08-17 15:22 (UTC) (Lien)
Jeez... They should put a scarecrow at the exit or something.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-08-17 16:08 (UTC) (Lien)
they should make snake scarecrows to round them into the tunnel!

and little televisions and furniture in the tunnel might be nice for toads
Who do you say I am?
jesse_dylan at 2007-08-17 17:43 (UTC) (Lien)
And little toilets! Maybe an ATM... hehe A little toad ATM would be cute.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-08-18 00:03 (UTC) (Lien)
well yes - they definitely need toidlets - and ATMs - i think by now they deserve them - they have been so discriminated against - and yet they are the most upwardly mobile class in all of america! i say YES to toad ATMs!
a_purple_dream at 2007-08-18 01:41 (UTC) (Lien)
I never the toads :'(
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-08-18 01:52 (UTC) (Lien)
your banana reminds me of a stuffed toy i found in the attic today - i'm not sending it to salvation army - i am totally saving it for my next gf!
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