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Thousands of toxic toads have invaded Florida

Posted on Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 | Comment icon 12 comments

Cane toads can grow to quite a size. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Bernard DUPONT
A South Florida neighborhood has been besieged this month by countless thousands of poisonous cane toads.
The toxic amphibians, which arrived in the United States over 60 years ago, have been multiplying to such an extent recently that in some areas they have managed to cover every square inch of ground.

The city of Palm Beach Gardens has borne the brunt of the invasion with thousands of toads turning up in people's gardens, swimming pools and drainage outlets.

What makes the problem worse is that the toads secrete a toxic substance when threatened which, in addition to irritating the skin and eyes, can prove particularly deadly to cats and dogs if ingested.

Experts believe that the warmer winter and recent heavy rains are to blame for the infestation and that the toads themselves are coming from a nearby lake.

Residents have been warned to keep pets and small children away from them.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (12)

Tags: Cane Toads, Florida

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by susieice on 26 March, 2019, 22:22
Comment icon #4 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 27 March, 2019, 0:30
They've always had them down there. No one discusses it much except voodoo people 
Comment icon #5 Posted by and then on 27 March, 2019, 2:47
Sounds like a classic Biblical plague - or a bunch of politicians.  Six of one...
Comment icon #6 Posted by AllPossible on 27 March, 2019, 17:10
We have tons of iguanas here as well. FL has the perfect temperature for basically anything cold blooded. That's why Trump lives in FL
Comment icon #7 Posted by Nnicolette on 27 March, 2019, 17:39
Uh-oh, next will come the gnats.
Comment icon #8 Posted by LucidElement on 27 March, 2019, 20:18
lol great.. i live close to that area haha
Comment icon #9 Posted by esoteric_toad on 28 March, 2019, 1:44
As some like to call them, tourists and spring breakers, clogging up the roads, theme parks and restaurants! I kid, sort of......
Comment icon #10 Posted by and then on 28 March, 2019, 7:29
My little stretch of the Gulf Coast in Alabama is becoming a summertime nightmare for traffic.  The benefits of touri$m are undeniable, though.
Comment icon #11 Posted by esoteric_toad on 28 March, 2019, 9:38
I have to keep reminding myself of that ESPECIALLY on the weekends when I am working. Beginning to feel like a grumpy old man. As one of the rare natives (born here many decades ago, lived here my whole life) it boggles my mind how many people want to come here...but I guess that I see the place differently.
Comment icon #12 Posted by childofindigo on 29 March, 2019, 7:20
These look remarkbly simular to our plague of Cane Toads over here in Australia Introduced by some very thoughtfull fool to control pests in the Cane Fields, we knoiw very well what is the pest now!

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