Jan 20, 2023 - Energy & Environment

Monster cane toad, dubbed "Toadzilla," discovered in Australia

A monster cane toad, nicknamed "Toadzilla," found at the park.

Rangers found a monster cane toad beside the Conway Circuit last week. Photo: Department of Environment and Science

Rangers at Conway National Park in Australia discovered a potentially record-breaking monster cane toad last week, the Queensland government's Department of Environment and Science said Friday.

The intrigue: The so-called “Toadzilla” weighed-in at 2.7 kilograms (about 5.9 pounds), “which could be a new record,” ranger Kylee Gray said in a news release.

Details: Rangers stopped when they noticed snakes on the track ahead of them, the department said in a news release. They also noticed something else.

  • “I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” Gray said, per the release.
  • “We dubbed it Toadzilla, and quickly put it into a container so we could remove it from the wild.”
  • The department said in a tweet it had euthanized the toad "due to the environmental damage they cause."

Context: Monster cane toads were introduced into Queensland in 1936 to control the cane beetle population, the department said.

  • However, they became a threatening species that can be poisonous to wildlife, having caused extinctions of some predators in the past, government officials said.
  • Cane toads often weigh about 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) and can colonize a number of habitats.

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