Cane toad, Bufo marinus

Cane toad, Bufo marinus

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Caption: Juvenile cane toad. This poisonous toad (Bufo marinus, also called the aga, neotropical or giant toad) is native to South America but is now common in Australia and elsewhere after being released into sugar plantations as a form of pest control. Its warty skin contains a deadly poison that it can squirt over 30cm if provoked. At low doses the poison produces hallucinogenic effects like the drug LSD, a property exploited by people who hunt the toad and secretly lick its skin. The species is also noted for its large size (up to 20cm long) and poisonous eggs. Photographed in Ecuador.

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Keywords: amphibian, animal, biological, bufo marinus, cane toad, drug abuse, giant, hallucinogenic toad, nature, pest control, poisonous, poisonous toad, see bufo marinus, toad, wildlife, worst invasive alien species, zoology

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