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cane toad

n.
A large toad (Bufo marinus) originally found from Texas to South America but naturalized in Florida, Hawaii, and Australia after being introduced into sugarcane fields to control pests. The cane toad secretes a toxin that can be fatal to predators. Also called marine toad.

cane toad

n
(Animals) a large toad, Bufo marinus, native to Central and South America but introduced into many countries to control insects and other pests of sugar-cane plantations. Also called: giant toad or marine toad
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Northern Territory Minister for Parks and Wildlife, Bess Price, said cane toads are becoming an ever increasing threat to our wildlife including the precious northern quoll.
At Skerries in Bangor, J P Phillips, Cane Toads, Boreas y Gogledd play.
Thompson isn't claiming that all invaders are upstanding citizens: Guam would be better off without brown tree snakes, for instance, and Australia could do without cane toads.
An Australian professor from Southern Cross University, Philip Hayward, said that people should start eating cane toads, sea urchins and camel meat for future sustainability and that it would become regular options in supermarket freezers.
Already the invasion of pests like cane toads and feral cats, and the early impacts of climate change such as saltwater intrusion into coastal wetlands, are killing off our native animals and damaging the health of our country.
In Australia, the government must be persuaded that rhinos deserve exemption from rules that have evolved precisely because of the havoc caused by alien species, from cane toads to myxomatosis-resistant rabbits.
Less ornamental members of his mini zoo include the four-inch long Madagascar cockroaches, stick insects, millipedes and cane toads.
During the event, cane toads are rounded up and killed, and prizes are awarded to those who catch the largest toad and the most toads by combined weight.
He said this cute little squirrel with a name out of Dr Seuss is being wiped out by cane toads.
He rescues animals and people from various scrapes, and the reader learns about the life of the bush animals, and some of the challenges they face such as hunting, drought, cane toads, bushfires, and mosquito plagues.
However, the cane toad did not introduce this parasite into Australia because cane toads from Hawaii, which are devoid of the parasite, were the source population for toads in Australia.
To control the insects, cane toads from Hawaii were introduced to the continent in the hope the predatory amphibians would lay siege to the cane fields and eat the beetles.