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)
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