Like an amphibious “bull in a china shop”, the invasive giant marine toad knocks others out of its way. It is huge, poisonous to dogs and cats, and eats native frog and toad species.
Also known as the Giant Toad or Cane Toad. Body length is 4-9.5 inches and can weigh up to 3 pounds. Brown to yellow brown with prominent cranial crests. Paratoids extend down the sides of the body. The body outline is somewhat round and flattened. Females are larger than males.
The Zoo is protecting amphibians in partnership with Amphibian Ark.
Also called the giant toad or cane toad, this toad is a very adaptable, invasive species. In areas where it has been introduced it has become a pest, often consuming native amphibian species.
Primarily nocturnal. Although most toads are solitary, if insects are plentiful one may find a gathering around a pond or pool sitting in the glare of a street light and picking off numbers of insects. During the day they can be found beneath fallen trees, leaves, rocks or vegetation. The secretion of the paratoids is highly toxic. It will burn the eyes and may inflame the skin. Dogs or cats that bite this toad will sicken and may die.
Breeds year round if temperature and rainfall are adequate. The eggs are laid in long strings (one from each ovary) in long standing water such as ditches, canals, streams, ponds and fish ponds. Eggs and tadpoles are poisonous and displace native tadpoles. Larvae are tolerant of high temperatures.