Published: 01 August 2013
How do you report a cane toad?
Report all cane toad sightings in Western Australia, even if you are a visitor to the state.
If you suspect you have found a cane toad, isolate it (with care) and immediately contact:
- text a photo to 0400 693 807, or
- fill in the online form.
Make a note of the date, time and location where you saw the toad and, if you can, take a photo of the suspect.
Removing cane toads
- Take pets away from the area and make sure children are supervised.
- Wear rubber or gardening gloves and safety glasses where possible, and have a plastic bag or a sealed container (with air holes and a small amount of water) ready to contain the cane toad.
- Carefully pick up the cane toad by the back legs, or use a broom or similar to ‘sweep' the toad into a container.
- Sterilise your hands and other items that have come into contact with the toad using antiseptic.
- Transport suspected cane toads in the plastic bags or containers (with air holes) to your local Parks and Widlife office for identification.
Alternatively, email a digital photograph to the local Parks and Widlife office, so it can be correctly identified.
- In the east Kimberley region, if you find a suspected cane toad, you can take it to a drop-off point.
Be careful when handling cane toads—toxin produced from their shoulder glands is present in the skin of the back.
If the toxin gets in your eyes, nose or mouth seek medical attention.
For first aid advice on toad poisoning, call the 24-hour Poisons Information Line on 13 11 26.
Safety and cane toads583.58 KB
Cane toads secrete a toxin that is poisonous to people and other animals. This brochure includes symptoms and treatment for people and pets, and prevention.
Check your load for a cane toad
Cane toads are notorious for hitchhiking long distances, hidden in camping gear, clothing, caravans, farm produce, and any other spot they can find. Before you leave toad-affected areas, be sure to check your vehicle for stowaways.
Last Updated: 06 October 2016