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Frog or cane toad?

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Frog or cane toad?

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Learn to Tell a Cane Toad Apart From a Native Frog

Before you decide to dispose of a creature you suspect is a Cane Toad, make sure you are not mistaking a frog for a toad.

Up to two-thirds of suspected toads turn out to be harmless native frogs.

There are a number of ways to identify Cane Toads.


Has large poison glands behind the ears, which release a poisonous milky substance when the toad feels threatened.

Has a pointed bony 'm'-shaped ridge over their nose. These ridges must meet in the middle.

Has visible eardrums.

Has warty skin, as do some native Australian frogs.

Has dry, rough skin like sandpaper, while native frogs are generally moist and slippery.

Has webbed back feet, while burrowing frogs' hind feet are unwebbed so that they can dig into the ground and bury themselves.

Has a short, broad snout, whereas native frogs often have a longer, more pointed snout.

Is usually a dull brownish colour, not green.

Is often large - from about 10 cm to 15 cm.

Cannot climb smooth surfaces like some native frogs can.

Doesn't have suckers on the end of its toes like some native frogs.

Male makes a guttural trill call.

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