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Published on 17 August 2023
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The impact cane toads have left on Australian native species
Impact that cane toads are leaving on Australia's native wildlife
Hi I'm Bianca Miller
The largest neotropical toad
Our Australian native species
No known predator or disease
Migration to increase from 40km to 60km per year
The parotoid glands on the cane toad have a large impact on Australia's native wildlife
As predator species consume the cane toad the toxic glands cause affects like rapid heart rate and paralysis
No natural predator and the population continues to increase
What I have learnt about cane toads
Is the reason why they were introduced to Australia
Cane toad released to eradicate the cane beetle from sugar cane crops
The cane toad has now spread throughout most of Australia
Commonwealth Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Wallum froglet Figure 9
Green thighed frog Figure 10
Are considered vulnerable due to the cane toads toxins within their glands
Cane toads have left species meaning they have become vulnerable or endangered
Why do we care about the impact that cane toads have on Australian native wildlife?
Cane toads have such a large affect on our native species like birds, frogs and crocodiles as most are endangered which will lead to extension
This could harm Australia's food chain and affect the native Australian culture
Locally the NSW Government (DPE) have advised that people remove anything with standing water, bring in their pet food and keep your lights off outside.
They also advise and demonstrate the humane ways you can kill a cane toad otherwise to contact your local NPWS office
By helping the spread locally this will help the state thrive.
To continue this commitment every year the council deploy cane toad detection dogs that regularly search with a handler that educates the locals on prevention matters
By promoting the affects cane toads have on Australia’s native wildlife this could create new ideas on how to eradicate them
Nationally there is nothing being done to continue the eradication of cane toads which will affect the environment and biodiversity will continue to decline
The state and local levels are both advising people with instructions on what to do to prevent cane toads, but they are not doing anything to eradicate them.
This is why we need to do something about the migration of cane toads so they stop destroying our native wildlife and ecosystems.