The Cane Toads, (Rhinella marina), are now a part of our fauna and flora and to say that they survive well in our state is an understatement.
These Central American invaders are constantly on the move. More so since our recent heavy June rains have drawn them out of their burrows. Oh, and let us not forget that it is mating time for the critters. Mating and water = perfect storm… well expect more of them soon.
The toads feed on bugs, lizards, small mammals, snakes and in my garden, they really enjoy cat food, which they can smell and seek from a distance. If you do have some roaming around your neighborhood, just be careful. These amphibians are probably more terrified of you than you are of them. They are not harmful to humans but if you own dogs these giant toads can be lethal for your four-legged friends.
Dogs, have a tendency to chase them and possibly bite them. The triangular glands located on the top of their heads, close to their eyes contain toxins that can poison dogs. If you notice your dog excessively drooling, vomiting or in distress take a hose and flush the mouth with plenty of water making sure that the water is not swallowed, then get the animal to a vet.
Today I caught my seventh toad. My friend lives near the Everglades. I let her dispose of them because, I haven’t got the heart to kill them. Let another predator do that.