Cane Toad: Rhinella marina
Distribution and Habitat
Cane toads can be found across thousands of miles in the Northeastern Australian territory.
Cane toads can be found in closed scrub, grasslands or low open forests.
This heavily-built amphibian has dry warty skin that can consist of a yellowish, grey or reddish tint. Males are smaller and contain more warts than females. At a young age, Cane Toads have smooth dark skin that contain even darker blotches.
The first Cane Toad was brought to Queensland in 1935 by entomologist Reginald Mungomery. The crate carrying them from Hawaii contained 51 males and 51 females although one of the males was found dead upon arrival. It took approximately one week for the toads to start laying eggs and by 3 days time they began to hatch. Within weeks there were thousands.