Frog or Toad?
Frog or toad?
Learn to Tell a Cane Toad Apart From a Native Frog
Before you do anything untoward to a creature you suspect is a Cane Toad, be aware that up to two-thirds of suspected toads turn out to be harmless native frogs.
There are a number of ways to identify Cane Toads.
A CANE TOAD
- 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 often 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 are large - from about 10 cm to 15 cm.
- Cannot climb smooth surfaces like some native frogs.
- Doesn't have suckers on the end of its toes like some native frogs.
- Male makes a guttural trill call.