A colossal cane toad weighing 2.7 kg was found in a rainforest in northern Australia. It is said to be so enormous that wildlife officers initially thought it was a prop or fake, due to its size.
The “gigantic” amphibian is estimated to be six times larger than the average cane toad.
Massive cane toad discovered in Australia.
As per the opinions of experts, it has the potential to break the existing world record for the largest toad. Park ranger Kylee Gray shared that she encountered the massive toad during her track work in Conway National Park.
She stopped to allow a snake to cross, and that’s when she noticed the enormous toad. She described it as “Toadzilla” due to its size and weight. She was quoted by The Guardian saying, “I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was.
We dubbed it Toadzilla, and quickly put it into a container so we could remove it from the wild.”
The creature, nicknamed ‘Toadzilla’, was carefully placed in a container and removed from the wild by Kylee’s team.
When the scale registered a weight of 2.7 kg, the team was astonished. They quickly realized that it had the potential to set a new world record. According to the BBC, a pet toad named ‘Prinsen’ in Sweden currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest toad, set in 1991.
Kylee believes ‘Toadzilla’ gained its weight by consuming a large amount of insects, reptiles, and small mammals. “It can eat anything that can fit into its mouth,” she explained. Cane toads were originally introduced in Australia to control pests in sugarcane fields, which is how they got their common name.
The cane toad is also known as the “giant toad” and the “marine toad,” the latter of which refers to its size. They can grow up to 5.9 inches in height. Cane toads are notorious invasive species in Australia and pose a significant threat to native wildlife.
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