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Cane Toad, Rhinella marinus
03 May 2004 Alexander Dudley

Cane Toad, Rhinella marinus

Kakadu National Park, NT, Australia

The Cane Toad is known as the Marine or Giant toad in other parts of the world. A native of Venezuela, it was introduced to
Australia in the mid 1930's to control the Cane Beetle which was damaging the profits of the sugar industry. The decision was
made on the basis of the poor science following the monumental success of the introduction of the Cactoblastis moth to control
the Prickly Pear cactus. Unfortunately, the toads had no impact at all on the Cane Beetle and themselves have spread rapidly over
the Australian continent, out-breeding the native frogs, competing with many small species for food, consuming others, and
poisoning many species that would normally make a meal of such a large frog.

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John 11-Oct-2006 16:34
That is an amazing shot. The skin texture is astonishing - thanks a lot for sharing :)