Cane Toads

Oombulgurri: Scientists feed cane toads to goannas

Scientists are feeding small cane toads to goannas to make them sick without killing them.

A cane toad

A cane toad

Indigenous rangers are then fitting them with satellite-monitor collars to track their movements.

It is hoped the method will teach goannas not to eat the toxic amphibians.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Cane toads ‘don’t wipe out species’

The Department of Parks and Wildlife says toxic cane toads do not wipe out species that eat them.

A cane toad

A cane toad

The coordinator of the department’s cane toad intitiative said the species eventually recover.

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He was responding to reports that the toads are now in Purnululu National Park.

Killing cane toads in national parks is prohibited.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 Environment, Government Comments Off

Marella Gorge: Cane toads found

Kimberley Toad Busters have found three adult cane toads at Marella Gorge, 180 kilometres east of Halls Creek.

A cane toad

A cane toad

Marella Gorge is near the Duncan Highway, 20 kilometres east of the NT border.

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 Environment, Halls Creek Comments Off

Acoustic lures for cane toad traps

A Queensland-based researcher is studying cane toad calls to see which is the most attractive to the opposite sex.

A cane toad

A cane toad

She hopes to use this knowledge to create acoustic lures, to entice the venomous amphibians into traps.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Wyndham: Cane toads arriving on rafts

Cane toads are arriving in the Cambridge Gulf on rafts of leaves and sticks.

A cane toad

A cane toad

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

New cane toad sniffer dog

The state government has obtained a specially trained cane toad detector dog.

A cane toad

A cane toad

It will mostly be used to inspect trucks leaving the Kimberley.

Cane toads turn up in Perth about twice a year now, most recently in an East Perth backyard on Monday.

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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 Environment, Government Comments Off

New sperm bank for lizards

Scientists are creating a sperm bank for larger eastern Kimberley goannas.

A cane toad

A cane toad

Reptile populations are expected to fall by as much as 70 percent when they start to eat poisonous cane toads.

The sperm bank is being created in New South Wales to preserve the genetic diversity of Kimberley goannas, so they can be re-introduced at a later date if necessary.

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Saturday, January 25th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Kununurra: Australia Day toad races

Kimberley Toad Busters will be racing cane toads on 26 January.

It is hoped the inaugural Kununurra event will raise much-needed funds to continue toad busting activities.

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 Kununurra Comments Off
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