Calls for residents to be vigilant after unwanted guest gate-crashes Stanthorpe Show
Southern Downs Regional Council Local Law’s team has
responded quickly to reports of an unwanted, and rather ugly, guest making its
way to this year’s Stanthorpe Show.
On Tuesday, SDRC’S Local Laws team investigated reports a
cane toad was found at Stanthorpe Showgrounds at the weekend.
Local Law’s Officer Craig Magnussen was taken by surprise
when he arrived at the showgrounds to collect what he suspected would be a
native burrowing frog, only to find the frog in question was in fact a cane
“Reports of cane toads in the region usually turn out to
be a native burrowing frog, which can be similar in appearance,” Mr Magnussen
“This one is the real McCoy though. It no doubt hitched a
ride with a food vendor or a Side Show Alley exhibitor from the Coast.”
When he arrived at the showgrounds, Mr Magnussen found
the gate-crasher had been exterminated and was in a freezer awaiting
Cane Toad is not a declared pest in Queensland but is considered a toxic
Mr Magnussen called for residents to be vigilant and said
they should report any suspected sightings to Council.
“Cane toads are toxic insatiable feeders and when
established they kill most native animals including insects, frogs, reptiles
and other small creatures,” he said.
“They have a detrimental impact on the environment. They
also kill the endangered quoll and many species of reptiles and birds and can
be harmful, even fatal, to domestic dogs.”
Mr Magnussen said it is important for residents to
educate themselves on the difference between introduced cane toads and native
He said he suspected the report was incorrect given there
is no established cane toad population on the Southern Downs due to the region’s
“In the unlikely case cane toads were establishing on the
Southern Downs, it could be due to warming temperatures,” Mr Magnussen said.
toads survive in many habitats but are commonly found in tropical and subtropical
lowlands close to freshwater breeding areas.
For more information on the cane toad visit www.daf.qld.gov.au or
Image: Stanthorpe Border Post