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In my last up-load, I mentioned cars being a danger to wildlife but there is another danger: the cane toad (Bufo marinus). It is a large, terrestrial toad: adults average 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from snout to vent.

60000 cane toads were introduced in the 1930s as they are well known for their voracious appetite. Their task was to eat beetles and other pests which were destroying Queensland‘s cane fields. As well as eating like mad, cane toad reproduce like mad and spread to other states (Northern Territory and Western Australia).

On top of that, they did not do their job very successfully and did not reduce significantly the targeted beetles but instead had a particularly negative effect on Australian wildlife. The reason being that cane toad has poisonous glands under its skin which kills the animals which eat the cane toad.

The number of native predatory reptiles has declined, in particular the varanid lizards (Varanus mertensi, V. mitchelli, and V. panoptes), the land snakes (Pseudechis australis and Acanthophis antarcticus), and the fresh water crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni). (Source: Wikipedia)

Tags: Australia Western australia Landscape and travel Purnululu national park EAST KIMBERLEY BUNGLE BUNGLE RANGE ORD REGION PICCANINNY TRAIL

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Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
27 Sep 2012 11:51AM
I would hate to come face to face with a toad that size!!!!!! Did you get any photos of it?
I like the comp in v2 the best today.

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Humblebee 6 1 England
27 Sep 2012 7:09PM
Three great captures of this iconic range, and have to say I like v2 of the three.

I have just had a peep at your gallery, and commend you on the beautiful images you have, they really bring those far parts of Australia to life ... never got further south than Port Augusta or Kalbarri in the north although we did travel overland with car and caravan from Sydney via Queensland to Perth where we lived for a total of 9 years.
9 10 10 England
27 Sep 2012 7:41PM
The information today was so interesting JN - seems we shouldn't mess around with nature, and I should hate to meet one of those toads!! Oh yes I enjoyed the pics - good as ever.

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