Where Are Cane Toads an Invasive Species?

Widely considered the largest toad in the world, the cane toad is typically 4 to 6 inches in length and can grow as long as 10 inches. The pest’s natural habitat extends from southern Texas through Mexico and into Central and South America. In any other parts of the world, cane toads are an invasive species. Females can lay thousands of eggs at a time, contributing to their ability to quickly overtake an area.

How They Spread

Places as diverse as Hawaii and Australia have been overrun by cane toads. Invasive species are often introduced to an area accidentally or through negligence, but cane toads were released purposely. The well-meaning plan was to use the pests to control insect populations. Time and again, local governments discovered they had negligible impact on the problem and instead bred into the millions.

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.