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Cane Toad Horrors

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, September 26, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

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

A lucky photographer in a Peruvian rainforest observed a cane toad trying to eat a bat that happened to fly by its open mouth. Lucky for the bat, it didn't appeal to the toad which spit it out:

Cane Toad Eating Bat  (credit:

For those interested in learning how an invasive species can wreck horrors when released with no predators, the classic Aussie documentary, Cane Toads: An Unnatural History is worth a viewing. Here's a trailer:

It's a good idea to pay close attention to any invasive species and remove them as quickly as they are identified. The Frankentoads are multiplying by the millions and could be invading to a neighborhood near you someday.


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