Cane Toads

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Cane Toad Information

The presence of toads can be beneficial to humans and natural ecosystems, as they prey on many species of pest insects. In fact, cane toads, also known as bufo toads, were originally introduced to the country as part of an effort to control sugar cane pests.

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What does a Cane Toad look like?

Cane toads are very large amphibians, measuring about four to six inches in length. They are typically tan, reddish-brown, dark brown, or gray in color and have dark spots on their backs. Additionally, the pests have massive triangular shaped glands near their shoulders. Unlike other common species, cane toads do not have ridges or crests on their heads.

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What does a Cane Toad eat?

The large amphibians feed on a variety of pests, including beetles, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, and crabs. Cane toads will also attack frog species, as well as small reptiles, birds, and mammals. To supplement their meat-heavy diet, these invasive toads will help themselves to pet food and water that’s been left outside.

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Cane Toad habits

Though the cane toad is now found in portions of North America, such as parts of Florida and Texas, they are native to Central and South America. However, these invasive pests are able to breed near vegetated edges of water, such as lakes, ponds, and ditches, which means that they are capable of surviving in a variety of habitats.

Cane Toad Damage & Management

In addition to their poisoning ability, these large amphibians are best known for their voracious appetites. Cane toads prey on native lizards, frogs, snakes, small mammals, and anything that will fit in their mouths. Also, if available, they are will eat human or pet food. Due to the pests’ highly toxic nature, it is recommended to contact the pest professionals of Trutech to handle cane toad issues.

Problems Caused by Cane Toads

The cane toad isn’t a picky eater, readily feeding on native reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and more. Further danger comes from the poisonous, milky secretion covering the pests’ bodies. Consisting of multiple toxins, this substance can sicken humans and kill pets. Dogs are especially susceptible due to their inclination to lick the toads. When cane toads are an invasive species in local yards, the professionals at Trutech can get them under control.