Australian game rangers have killed an invasive “monster” cane toad discovered in the wild in a coastal park: a warty brown specimen as long as a human arm and weighing 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds).
The toad was spotted after a snake slithering down a road forced wildlife workers to stop while driving in Queensland’s Conway National Park, the state government said.
“I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” said ranger Kylee Gray, describing how she discovered the amphibian last week.
“A cane toad that size will eat anything that can fit in its mouth, and that includes insects, reptiles and small mammals,” he said.
The animal was removed and sacrificed.
Cane toads were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle, with devastating consequences for other wildlife.
At 2.7 kilograms, almost the weight of a newborn human baby, the toad may break records, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science said in a statement.
Describing it as a “monster”, the department said it could end up in the Queensland Museum.
Due to its size, rangers believe it was a female.
While the age is unknown, “this one has been around a long time,” Gray said, explaining that amphibians can live up to 15 years in the wild.
Female cane toads can produce up to 30,000 eggs in a season, and the animals are incredibly venomous, leading to local extinction for some of their predators.
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