Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Reuters: Monster cane toad found in Australia

Reuters:  Monster cane toad found in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A huge cane toad the size of a small dog has been captured in the Australian tropical city of Darwin, startling environmentalists who are fighting to stop the poisonous amphibians spread across the country.

"It's a monster toad," said Paul Cowdy from FrogWatch which captured the cane toad on Monday night.

"We've never seen a cane toad this big," he said on Tuesday. "It's a male and normally females are bigger."

The cane toad, regarded as a major pest in Australia, was one of 39 caught by a group from FrogWatch near Lee Point in Darwin. It measures 20.5 cm (8 inches) in length and weighs 840 grams (1.8 pounds) -- twice the normal weight.


This isn't even the largest cane toad on record -- A specimen 15 inches from snout to vent weighing nearly 6 pounds holds the record. The photo, unlike the one accompanying the Reuters article, is licensed by Wikipedia for free use.

Powered by ScribeFire.

No comments: