Cane Toads are native to South and Central America, but introduced around the world due to their pest control capacities. They are now considered invasive in many areas. For example, in Australia, where they were introduced in 1935, the cane toads showed no interest in preying on pests, and instead preferred to eat native animals like frogs, mammals, and snakes. Cane Toad poison is a toxin that affects the heart and it's secreted from glands near their shoulders. Although rare, humans have been killed from eating the toads or their eggs.
The largest cane toad on record weighed over 5 pounds.
A female can lay up to 25,000 eggs in one clutch.
Our Current Resident
Cheech - Female, Born October 1, 2016
Cheech was a pet surrender and was brought to ZooMontana in 2016 as a young toad. She can often be seen in the later afternoons as she searches out her food.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Amphibia
- Order: Anura
- Family: Bufonidae
- Genus: Rhinella
- Species: R. marina
- Omnivore: eats mainly insects but also plants, frogs, small reptiles, birds, and small mammals.
- Population: stable
- Habitat: Grasslands
- Nocturnal: active during the night