Cane toads are the largest toads in the world.
They can live to be over 25 years old and can weigh as much as 4 pounds! One of the largest ever recorded weighed a massive 5 pounds 8 oz and was reportedly over 15 inches long!!!!!!! They come in multiple shades of grey, and brown, sometimes having a slight orange-ish tint. Females are larger then the males and also have smoother skin. They are built tough and compact and are relatively strong for being a toad. Cane toads have partially webbed feet and beautiful golden eyes with horizontal pupils. Behind each eye are large parotoid glands that secretes a cocktail of 14 chemicals. If your pets or our native wildlife bite a toad and ingest the bufo toxin they can die in as little as 10 minutes. They also have smaller glands on other parts of their body that produce the same white milky substance. If you get it on your skin, wash it off immediately. It wont kill you but it can burn your skin and you definitely do not want to get it in your eyes. They are NOT capable of squirting their venom out at you, that’s just a wives tail. Cane toad tadpoles and eggs are poisonous also. When the tadpoles of our native frog and toad species consume them they die.
Being born and raised here in sunny SWFL I have first hand witnessed the population explosion and disastrous consequences it has had on our local frog and toad populations. It is my MISSION to help control the spread of this invasive species and find new and methods of control and also potential uses for these toads.