A All Animal Control of Tampa, Florida
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A All Animal Control can help you with any of your invasive frog problems. The bufo frog has short legs and are not good jumpers. They have glands that secrete a milky poisonous substance. The milky substance is a bufotoxin which is toxic to many animals and even humans. The glands are behind the eyes and angle down toward the neck and could look like warts. These toads are large. The female is longer than the male and can be about 4 to 6 inches long. They can weigh about 2 pounds. This toad can live 10 to 15 years. The Cane toad is grey brown in color some may have white flecks. They have a light yellow stomach sometimes with black specks. The skin is dry and bumpy with ridges that run from the snout to the eyes.
Cane toads are water breeders and can breed year round in any standing fresh water. This can be streams, canals, ditches or standing rainwater. Very long gelatinous strings in water could be eggs. The female can lay up to 25,000 eggs at once. Depending on the temperature the tadpoles can hatch as soon as 14 hours or as long as a week. The warmer the temperature the faster the rate of growth. It takes about 4 weeks for the tadpoles to grow into juveniles. The eggs, tadpoles and juveniles are toxic as well as the adults.
While there have only been a few human deaths the cane toad toxin can result in hallucinations and can affect the heart. Medical treatment should be sought. Cane toads pose a larger threat to pets. Dogs and cats can be poisoned by the toxin secreted by the toads glands. This can occur from the marine toad feeling threatened by the pet and it produces the toxic then the pet ingests it. This can also occur if there is water that the toad has been in and a pet drinks the water. If your pet has come into contact with the toad toxin rinse and wipe out the mouth with a wet cloth including gums and get the pet to a veterinarian. Never use a hose to rinse the mouth as the toxic can be pushed into the lungs causing further issues. If your pet has seizures, loss of coordination, drooling, head shakes, and the gums are turning red you should suspect toad toxin and get the pet to the clinic. To limit the risks never leave water or pet food out as these will attract the toads. These toads will even eat pet food. It is also recommended that pets be on a leash when outdoors particularly at night.
The rainy season, from May to October, is the most common time of year to have toad issues. As the weather gets warmer the toads are out more. These toads also like to be near lights at night as they like to eat the bugs attracted to the lights. The cane toad was not native to the U.S. but was introduced to the sugar cane fields. The toads were to control the pests that harm the crop. The attempts to introduce the toads for this purpose failed. The current toads were not from this introduction but rather a release near the Miami airport in 1955 by an animal dealer. Other importers released toads in the sixties that have resulted in the establishment of the toad.
This toad is not protected and even in many places considered an invasive species. They can be disposed of by homeowners. The easy and humane way to do this is to put them into a plastic bag or container and place in a freezer. After 3 days bury the dead toad. If this is not something you feel you can do then contact a wildlife removal expert.