Cane toads are well known for posing a threat to our pets. They are one of many invasive animal species we have here in Florida. In this episode you will learn all about this invasive toad species, how it became established in Florida, impacts of its presence, and ways you can help.

In this episode, we explore the history of how cane toads made their way to Florida, some interesting facts about their biology, including how to protect your pet from cane toad poisoning, and how to manage their populations in your neighborhoods.

We hope this brief introduction to cane toads will help you feel more informed and prepared for the prescience of cane toads in Florida. With your help, we have a much better chance of reducing their populations and protecting our native species and pets from this large invasive toad species.

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Naturally Florida (a podcast about Florida’s natural areas and the wild things that live here) recently released a new episode about coyotes in Florida.

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How You Can Help:

  • Share what you learned with a friend!
  • Report invasive cane toads outside of current range See Figure 1 from and report any sightings outside of the green area – email Dr. Johnson (tadpole AT with location information for the cane toad sighting and at least two focused pictures, one showing the top of the head and another of the shoulder area.
  • Humanely euthanize invasive cane toads –

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by Shannon Carnevale and Lara Milligan

Posted: June 7, 2022

Source: UF/IFAS Alert –

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