One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large brown toad native to tropical America. It has been introduced elsewhere as a pest control agent but can become a serious pest itself, partly because animals eating it are killed by its toxins.
Bufo marinus, family Bufonidae
- ‘The cane toad is native to the American tropics and was deliberately introduced as a biocontrol agent between the middle of the 19th and 20th centuries in numerous islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific.’
- ‘As mining and tourism expand, the cane toad encroaches and turtles decline.’
- ‘Another Australian biocontrol attempt gone awry entailed the release of the cane toad to control beetles that were harming sugarcane crops.’
- ‘Animals picking up a cane toad and receiving a dose of venom may die within fifteen minutes.’
- ‘Small, warty, and armed with a poison strong enough to kill crocodiles, the cane toad is generally regarded as a blight on the Australian landscape.’
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