A cane toad the size of a baby

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A big cane toad like a baby

The giant toad nicknamed Toadzilla in the hands of a guard

Australian rangers have found a giant cane toad in the brush of a coastal park – a warty brown specimen as long as a human arm and weighing 2.7kg.

The toad was spotted after a snake moving on a track forced wildlife officers to stop as they drove through Conway National Park in Queensland, the state government said.

I ducked down and grabbed the toad. I couldn't believe its size and weight, said ranger Kylee Gray, describing her discovery of the amphibian last week.

“A cane toad this size will eat anything that can fit into its mouth, including insects, reptiles, and small mammals. »

— Kylee Gray, ranger at Conway National Park

The animal, which was an invasive species, was taken away and euthanized.

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The cane toad has almost the weight of a human newborn.

Cane toads were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control the proliferation of certain beetles, with devastating consequences for local wildlife.

At 2.7 kg, nearly the weight of a newborn human, the toad could break the record for the largest specimen of this species, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science said in a statement. p>

The department, which described him as a monster, said he could end up in the Queensland Museum.

Fr Due to its size, rangers believe it to be a female.

Although its age is unknown, this one is there long, Gray said, explaining that amphibians have a lifespan of 15 years in the wild.

Female cane toads can produce up to 30,000 eggs in one season. These animals are extremely poisonous and cause local extinction of some of their predators.

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