Cane toads were introduced to Queensland from South America in 1935, in an unsuccessful attempt to control cane beetles, a pest of the sugar cane industry. Having no natural enemies, the toads spread west into the Northern Territory and south into New South Wales. They are now a major threat to native animals on the far north coast of NSW.
How far have they spread? Why are they a problem?
See a map showing cane toad populations in NSW. Find out why their poisonous nature and voracious appetite are a threat to native animals and pets alike.
Cane toad - key threatening process listing
See the NSW Scientific Committee's reasons for declaring this 'key threatening process' in NSW.
Identifying a cane toad
See what they look like, listen to their croak, then take a test to make sure you don't confuse a cane toad with a native frog.
Help stop the spread of cane toads
Find out what to do if you come across one of these pests.
Page last updated: 26 February 2011