Cane toads found in plants consignment

Seven live toads found in mango plants
Seven live toads found in mango plants Teagan Johnston, DPaW

Nine Kununurra cane toads have been found in a consignment of mango plants at a freight company’s Perth depot.

Department of Parks and Wildlife officers yesterday (NB: Monday 26 May) retrieved seven live and two dead cane toads from a Toll Express truck, along with six northern green tree frogs and two other as yet unidentified native frogs.

Wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said it was the largest number of cane toads to reach Perth in a single incident.

“There were male and female toads hidden within the plants and if they had escaped from the truck and found a water source, it is possible they may have begun breeding,” Ms Johnston said.

She said the vigilance of the freight company was to be commended.

“We were contacted by Toll staff once suspected toads were discovered and the truck was sealed until Parks and Wildlife officers arrived and conducted a thorough search,” Ms Johnston said.

The toads will be euthanased later this week.

Invasive and toxic to many native animals and people, cane toads have established breeding populations in the east Kimberley.

Ms Johnston urged people travelling south from places where the invasive pests are known to live to check their vehicles and equipment carefully for so-called “hitchhiker” toads.

“They can hide in small spaces so inspect your vehicles, luggage, pallets, camping gear and caravans,” she said.

Parks and Wildlife encourages people not to kill suspected cane toads, as they could be harmless native frogs.

They should isolate the animal and report the sighting to the Parks and Wildlife cane toad hotline immediately on 1800 44 WILD (9453).

 

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