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Central and South America

Cane Toad

The cane toad produces a toxin that can be lethal to many animals including domestic pets. In humans it can cause skin and eye irritation and nausea if ingested.

These amphibians were introduced into many countries as a way to control insects in sugar cane fields. They rapidly spread and caused declines in native amphibian and predator populations. This is considered one of the 100 most destructive introduced species.

HABITATBoth humid and dry environments as long as there is some vegetation for cover. More common in disturbed habitat.
DIETInvertebrates, amphibians, small mammals, carrion
LIFE Expectancy5-10 years

Fun Fact
The national animal symbols for Australia are the kangaroo and the emu.
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