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Websites and app assist with cane toad identification

Native hooting frog mistaken for a cane toad
Native hooting frog mistaken for a cane toad

Spotted a cane toad or native frog? The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is encouraging people to use their mobile device or computer to check the difference.

DPaW State Cane Toad Initiative program coordinator Corrin Everitt said if a suspected cane toad was discovered, members of the public could easily access online information and photographs to help with identification.

“The department’s website www.dpaw.wa.gov.au has a section devoted to cane toads, native frog identification pictures and handy contacts,” Ms Everitt said.

“The cane toad app in the iTunes store allows those with mobile devices are able to check identification features of seven native Kimberley frogs, along with cane toads in three stages of the life cycle.

“Another good resource is the Western Australian Museum’s Alcoa Frogwatch website http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch.

“People can use all these tools to find out more about invasive cane toads and how they differ from harmless native frogs.”

Ms Everitt said there had been a recent increase in suspected cane toad sightings reported to DPaW.

“These sightings have been at various locations throughout WA and all of them have been positively identified as native frogs, which is a good thing,” she said.

“We want people to be vigilant about cane toads because they are a major environmental pest and pose a significant threat to biodiversity.

“All cane toad sightings should be reported to the Cane Toad Hotline on 1800 44 WILD (1800 44 9453), or text a photo to (0400) 693807, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”

The State Government has invested more than $4 million since 2008 to implement the Cane Toad Strategy for Western Australia.

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