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    Toad skin straps?

    Yay or nay? I received one with a watch I bought and without knowing its toad its look quite nice, after knowing its toad I felt a bit weird.


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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    The thought repulsed me, like straps out of old shoes. Actually it repulsed me more.

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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    I've seen some gorgeous ones, I just don't like the idea of harvesting toads.

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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    Well it used to make me cringe, as toads do make me cringe. But out of curiosity I ordered one and it turned out to be alright. The final product feels no different than other straps made out of any animal skins.

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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    Who on earth has the time to skin and tan a toad?
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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl.1 View Post
    Who on earth has the time to skin and tan a toad?
    Cane Toad Purse | Toad Factory


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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    A little info on at least one source:

    Cane Toad Skin Leather | Toad Factory

    I will quote one sentence; emphasis here and in the next quote mine:

    Cane toads are classed as a major environmental pest in Australia.
    What is a cane toad?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_toad

    The cane toad has poison glands, and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested. Because of its voracious appetite, the cane toad has been introduced to many regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean islands as a method of agricultural pest control. The species derives its common name from its use against the cane beetle (Dermolepida albohirtum). The cane toad is now considered a pest and an invasive species in many of its introduced regions; of particular concern is its toxic skin, which kills many animals, both wild and domesticated. Cane toads are particularly dangerous to dogs.
    Translation: don't think of bucolic wetlands images while listening to Blue Bayou. Think Africanized bees.

    So, at least in the case of straps from cane toads, one can consider that one is actually contributing, in some small way, to trying to clean up an unfortunately common mistake.

    I'm not a big fan personally, but that's because I generally prefer something less visually assertive.
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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    As a final point...it does seem quite likely that toad, python, ray, lizard, and some of the croc/gator options, are all visually distinctive and will be interpreted as wild animal skins. This is going to push some peoples' buttons. (OK, so will any animal product, but any exotic skin is going to create a stronger reaction, and more often, than cow or horse leather.) This is something you may wish to consider...especially if you're going with a vibrant strap, like the green wtma posted.
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    Toad skin straps?

    Very good info gangrel, thanks!
    I’ve been wearing my toad skin strap for a few days now, I had some friends asking about it and no one seemed offended or something. Hopefully I will never come across ones who does, your post will be useful to give those people some explanations.
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    Re: Toad skin straps?

    I had my reservation about wearing lizard too, till I have one now, but still can't get over the toad thing... I have no problem with crocs, ostrich, calf and cordovans.


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