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Cane Toad Horrors

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, April 13, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

Cane toads are voracious, carnivorous amphibians. Deliberately released in the 1930's to control sugarcane grubs in Queensland, the toads went on the rampage instead. Ignoring the grubs, the toads began devouring everything in their path and with a toxic skin, anything that tried eating them became victims as well. Cane toads have become the 'poster child' of an invasive species in Australia.

A lucky photographer in Peru caught a cane toad trying to eat a bat that flew by its open mouth. Lucky for the bat, it didn't appeal to the toad who spit it out:


Cane Toad Eating Bat  (credit: perunature.com)

For those interested in how invasive species can wreck horrors when released with no natural predators, the classic Aussie documentary, Cane Toads: The Conquest is worth a viewing. Here's the official trailer:


Invasive species and other feral vermin should be eliminated as quickly as they are identified. 'Frankentoads' multiplied by the millions and represent a warning from what they have done in Australia.

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