Giant Cane Toad Discovered in Australia Nicknamed ‘Toadzilla’ | Environment News

‘Toadzilla’ weighed 2.7kg (nearly 6lbs) and could have set a new world record for height, a Queensland ranger has said.

A “cane toad monster” equal in weight to some human newborns has been discovered by Australian rangers in northern Queensland.

The gigantic cane toad, which has been named ‘Toadzilla’, was found by rangers in Conway National Park in Queensland and weighed 2.7 kg (nearly 6 pounds), which could be a new world record. world, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science said on Friday. .

Ranger Kylee Gray was driving through the park last week when a slithering snake on a path forced her vehicle to stop. As she exited the vehicle, Gray said she was confronted by a cane toad whose size made her gasp.

“I bent down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” Gray said in a statement.

“We nicknamed him Toadzilla and quickly put him in a container so we could get him out of the wild,” she said.

“A cane toad this size will eat anything it can put in its mouth, including insects, reptiles and small mammals,” Gray said, adding that Toadzilla was thought to be female.

Australian news agency ABC quoted Gray as saying the toad looked “almost like a soccer ball with legs”.

This handout from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science, taken on January 12, 2023 and received on January 20, shows a ranger holding a cane toad weighing 2.7 kilograms discovered in Conway National Park, Australia. Australian state of Queensland.  - Australian rangers euthanized a
A park ranger holds the cane toad, nicknamed ‘Toadzilla’, discovered in Conway National Park in the Australian state of Queensland. Photo received on January 20, 2023 [Queensland Department of Environment and Science/AFP]

The enormous size of the toad, which was discovered at an altitude of 393 meters (1,289 feet), has sparked much interest among park rangers and further afield.

“The Queensland Museum is interested in taking it because it may be the largest on record,” Gray said, adding that cane toads can live for up to 15 years.

Toadzilla’s life was cut short, however. The ABC reported on Friday that the toad had been “euthanized” and was to be sent to the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.

Cane toads are a non-native species introduced to Australia in 1935 – from South and Central America – to control pest beetles in Queensland’s sugarcane industry prior to the use of agricultural chemicals.

They are capable of poisoning predators that try to eat them and “there is no large-scale way to control” the cane toads, which are now found throughout northern Australia and moving towards the west at an estimated distance of 40 to 60 km (about 25 to 37 miles). ) per year, according to the Australian government.

Female cane toads can produce up to 30,000 eggs per season.

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