Cane toads are an introduced species that are
poisonous to domestic pets and a range of native wildlife. Cane toads are
identified by large poison glands situated behind their eyes. They can be found
throughout Queensland and northern Australia.
Cane toads are indiscriminate feeders; their
diet is only restricted by the size of their mouth. In urban areas, pet food
can be a favourite supplementary food source.
Some native wildlife species such as crows and
keelbacks (freshwater snakes) have adapted to feed on cane toads.
What is Council doing?
While cane toads
are not a prohibited or restricted invasive animal under the Queensland
Government’s Biosecurity Act 2014, reducing
their numbers will assist in protecting native wildlife.
In May 2018, Council
joined the University of Queensland’s Cane Toad Challenge with the aim of
implementing the Challenge in suitable locations within the Moreton Bay region.
This partnership will allow council to manage cane toad reproduction in
suitable waterbodies, while contributing to ongoing research at the University
Visit University of Queensland’s Cane Toad Challenge for more information.
What can residents do?
Limit access to breeding places:
Fence waterbodies such as fish ponds, small lakes and water
fountains to exclude cane toads. Fencing should be at least 50cm high and have
holes no larger than 1cm in diameter. Fencing should be dug at least 10cm into
the ground to ensure cane toads cannot dig or push under the fence. Native
frogs can climb or jump and will not be excluded.
Modify the vegetation around waterbodies by planting dense, native
groundcovers such as Lomandra. Cane toads prefer open, grassy areas which allow
them to move quickly in search of food.
Limit access to food
Remove food from outside areas once your pet has finished eating,
or feed your pet inside.
Dispose of kitchen scraps in a sealed bin, or if possible, compost
scraps in a sealed bin that limits the entry of cane toads.
Remove cane toads and their tadpoles
Humanely catch and dispose of cane toad adults, eggs and tadpoles on
your property. For information on how to humanely euthanize cane toads please
Report cane toad sightings
You can report your cane toad sightings to Toad Scan.