Australia has discovered a giant cane toad called “Toadzilla”.
The amphibian, weighing in at 2.7kg, stunned rangers when it was discovered at Conway National Park, North Queensland.
Queensland Department of Environment and Science stated that rangers were clearing a trail at the time when they spotted a toad.
Ranger Kylee Gray stated that her team was “blown away” at the “monster cane toad” which weighed in at 2.7kg. It is believed to have been female.
It was the largest toad she had ever seen, and she described it as “almost like an football with legs.”
She said, “We weighed it back at base in the afternoon and she was at 2.7 kilos. This just shocked us, absolutely blew our minds,”
“We measured her and got I think she was 255mm. But I believe that the Queensland Museum will take her measurements once she is received.”
Guinness World Record: 2.65 kg – This record was set in 1991 by a pet Swedish toad.
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Ms Gray stated that rangers had named the toad “Toadzilla”, and that the museum would be looking into whether it was the largest toad ever found.
According to the WWF, cane toads were first discovered in South America and Central America. They were then introduced to Australia in 1935.
Toads prefer to eat live insects but will eat any food, including household scraps.
Toads are one the most destructive pests in Australia and they are currently estimated to be more than two billion.