Monday, January 30, 2023

They discover (and exterminate) a “monstrous” poison toad in an Australian nature park.

Agents of the Conway National Park (Queensland, Australia) last weekend discovered and killed a specimen of a cane frog near Airlie Beach (Rainella Marine) weighs 2.7 kg. In an informational note published by the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science, the specimen is described as a “monster” and the Queensland Museum has already shown its interest in the animal; Its stuffed remains are on display as the largest known frog of this species in the region.

Ranger Kylie Gray said a snake crawling under the track forced them to stop their vehicle, and when she got out and looked down, she saw the “monstrous” cane toad.

The now discovered specimen may be the heaviest of the species known to date.

Queensland Government

According to the official note, Gray said, “I reached down and grabbed Ken Todd and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was.”

“Call toadzilla And we quickly put it in a container so we can get it out of the woods.”

“A cane toad that size can eat anything that fits in its mouth, and that includes insects, reptiles, and small mammals,” says Agent Gray.

“We think it is a female because of the size, as the female cane is larger than the male. When we got back to base, it weighed 2.7kg, which could be a new record.”

According to the official note the park agent continued, “They found it at an altitude of 393 meters, which is not unusual, but it has generated a lot of interest among our ranger staff.”

“I’m not sure how old it is, but cane toads can live up to 15 years in the wild, so it’s been around for a long time. We’re happy to have it removed from the national park,” concluded Kylie Gray. Said that this invasive species is causing serious damage to the environment in Australia.

defensive poison

cane toad or sapo neotropical gigantea ,Rainella Marine) is a species of the family Bufonidae that has venom glands that produce a substance highly toxic to most of its potential predators. In general, adults reach 15 cm and specimens have been found with a record weight of 2.65 kg. It is included in the IUCN list of the 100 most harmful invasive alien species in the world. It is native to the Americas from the Rio Grande Valley in northern Mexico to the central Amazon and southeastern Peru. It was introduced to Australia in 1935 and for two decades has been a widespread pest that has had a profound impact on the environment.

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