Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Help stop the spread of cane toads

If you suspect you have found a cane toad:

  • After making sure it is a cane toad (and not a native species), put it in a container and report the finding to your local council or local NPWS office, or contact the Office of Environment and Heritage on 1300 361 967. Be careful when handling cane toads: toxin is produced in their shoulder glands and is present in the skin of the back. If squeezed tightly the toxin may be sprayed from the glands. When holding a cane toad, use rubber gloves and grip the toad firmly but gently. Avoid skin contact with its toxin, and if it gets in your eyes, nose or mouth, seek medical attention.
  • If you find a cane toad outside the known range of the species, contact your local council or phone the Environment Line at the Office of Environment and Heritage on 1300 361 967.
  • Be careful when travelling from cane toad infested areas or moving produce from those areas. Cane toads can be moved around accidentally, and you may have a cane toad stowaway.

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Page last updated: 22 April 2014