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COVID Cane Toad Removal

Cane Toad With White Poison Excreting Out Of The Parotoid Gland

With many Floridians following the Governor’s safer at home order, homeowners have gotten to know their yard and neighborhood landscaping extremely well! One activity you can participate in while on your walks is the removal of invasive cane toads otherwise known as bufo toads. If you reside in North Florida or in the Panhandle, these toads have yet to make their way over; however, here in Southwest Florida they are commonly found in and around urban and suburban neighborhoods. The University of Florida has excellent resources that should be read and watched before interacting with these toads for your safety, the safety of native toad species and the safety of any household pets that may roam the yard.

Cane Toad Fact Sheet—: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw432

Dealing with nuisance frogs: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw394

 

 

 

Cane Toad Video Series

Video 1—The Cane or ‘Bufo’ Toad: An Invasive Impact on Florida’s Pets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg1HUuxM7Zc 

Video 2—The Cane or ‘Bufo’ Toad: How to Identify this Invasive Pest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMzLes3BaCo&t=529s

Video 3—The Cane or ‘Bufo’ Toad: Capture and Euthanasia of this Invasive Pest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCZlSVbOkWU

 

2 Comments on “COVID Cane Toad Removal

  1. I got this last night in Everglades Conservation Area 2A. miles from anything dry. It looks like a cane toad and is the size of a bullfrog. secretions from the glands behind the head.

    if it is a cane toad, and they are reproducing, bad news for natvive glades frogs. i cant figure out how to attach photos but glad to email to you.

    • Hi Earl,

      I would be happy to take a look at a picture, my email address is sipos624@ufl.edu. Cane toads and other invasive species are usually/can be more common in urban and disturbed areas where the native critters are pushed out leaving an open ecological niche. I did a search of the Everglades Conservation Area 2 A and looks like it backs up to some urban areas on the East side. The FWC promotes reporting sightings of invasive species as the best form of management is early detection and rapid response before the species become established. You could report the sighting on the I’ve Got One app or on this website (url below), you can also see where some invasive critters have been spotted/reported as well https://www.eddmaps.org/distribution/ . For cane toads they may not mobilize a response as they have been established but researchers could find the information useful and interesting if they are moving more towards rural undisturbed areas.

      -Mike

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