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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on April 03, 2002 at 19:58:22:
PRESS ASSOCIATION (London, UK) 02 April 02 Air pressure from passing cars 'causes toads to explode'
Passing cars can make toads crossing roads explode without even touching them.
A German researcher says they cause a sudden rise in air pressure which can be fatal for the amphibians.
Professor Dietrich Hummel, of Braunschweig, measured the suction caused by cars in a wind tunnel.
He says any speed over 20mph can can cause toads to explode and is calling for speed limits on toad-crossing blackspots.
He told The Mirror: "The bigger the clearance, the better it is for the toad. A Formula 1 car would be a disaster."
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