Cane toads (Rhinella marina) are poisonous through their life cycle. As these introduced pests advanced they brought devastation to native wildlife which sought to prey on them in the areas they have colonised. Goannas, snakes, freshwater crocodiles, quolls and dingoes are some of the native species which have died as a result of the toad's poison.
Efforts to eradicate the cane toad have been under way in the Clarence Valley for a number of years.
A community group, Clarence Valley Conservation in Action (CVCIA) Landcare, has been collecting and disposing of cane toads in the Clarence. The work of these volunteers has been assisted by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, North Coast Local Land Services and local ecologist Russell Jago.
From July 2015 to May 2016 25,000 cane toads have been removed from the Clarence Valley. 71% of these came from Yamba, 17% from Brooms Head, 7 % from Chatsworth Island and 5% from other areas. In addition 120,000 cane toad tadpoles have been trapped in the same period. Trapping of tadpoles is a recent development and one it is hoped will cut toad numbers breeding in farm dams.
For further information on the cane toad in Australia refer to the Australian Museum
|Photo: Clarence Valley Conservation in Action Landcare|