Cane toads

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.

Cane toad

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 of Queensland.

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 visit RSPCA.

Report cane toad sightings

You can report your cane toad sightings to Toad Scan.

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