Pressures on the Rainforest Cane Toads – the Face Only a Mother Could Love

Arguably one of Australia’s worst environmental disasters, the cane toad (Bufo marinus)is not a problem in its native Central America. Australia has provided it with abundant food, abundant space and even free transport to new areas.The cane toad was brought to Australia under the misconception that it would assist cane farmers by eating the destructive cane beetle that was attacking their crops. Other countries had been experimenting with cane toads as beetle controllers and initial reports were optimistic (although erroneous) that the toads were doing the job in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Author Wet Tropics Management Authority
Year 2002
Publisher Wet Tropics Management Authority
Region QLD