Discovered and killed one of the largest toads in the world. The discovery was made in Australia. In a rainforest in the north of the country, in the state of Queensland. Six times larger than standard size, the female amphibian was named Toadzilla.
Kylee Gray, the ranger who, while on patrol in the forest, found the animal, said: "It looked like a soccer ball with legs, I have never seen such a large specimen. A cane toad of this size will eat everything what will be found in the mouth." Toadzilla was immediately captured, placed in a container and taken to the Forest Ranger Base to be weighed.
It was at that moment that the officers realized they were dealing with a record specimen. The largest toad record in the world, established in Sweden in 1991 by the domestic toad Prinsen, which weighed 2.65 kg, was in fact beaten by Toadzilla, which weighs 2.7 kg.
Sadly, Toadzilla was euthanized, as per Australia's standard procedures for parasites. Toads, which arrived in Oceania only in 1935, in fact have no natural predators in Australia and the poisonous species cause enormous damage to native fauna and crops.
Currently it is estimated that the toad population in the country is around two billion specimens. Toadzilla's body will be donated to the Queensland Museum. The cane toad, also known as the giant neotropical toad or marine toad, is a large terrestrial toad belonging to the Bufonidae family, native to Central and South America, as well as having been introduced in various islands of Oceania and the Caribbean, and above all in northern Australia.
It is often inserted to limit or eliminate the presence of venomous snakes. It is the largest toad in the world, and is a member of the genus Rhinella, which includes many species of true toads found throughout Central and South America, although it was previously assigned to the genus Bufo.
The cane toad is an ancient species: a fossil toad in the La Venta fauna of La Venta from the Late Miocene of Colombia, it was found to be indistinguishable from the modern cane toads of northern South America. The specimen was found in a floodplain deposit, suggesting that this animal has favored open habitats since its appearance.
Cane toads are a very prolific species; females lay their eggs in a single cluster which can contain thousands of eggs. Its reproductive success is partly due to opportunistic feeding. It has an unusual diet among anurans, consisting of both dead and living matter.
Adults average 10–15 centimeters in length. The largest recorded specimen had a length of 24 centimeters.