‘Toadzilla’: Giant cane toad found in Australia weighing 2.7kg | World News

A giant cane toad named “Toadzilla” has been discovered in Australia.

The 2.7kg amphibian shocked rangers who stumbled upon it in Conway National Park in north Queensland.

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science said rangers were clearing a trail when they spotted the toad.

Ranger Kylie Gray said her team was “blown away” by the “monster” cane toad, which weighed 2.7 kilograms and is believed to be a female.

He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation it was the biggest toad he had ever encountered and said it almost looked like a football with legs.

“We weighed him when we got back to base later that afternoon and we got him at 2.7kg which just shocked us, absolutely blew us away,” he said.

“We measured it, we got 255mm, but I’m sure the Queensland Museum will measure them when they receive it.”

The Guinness World Record for the largest toad in history is 2.65 kg – set in 1991 by a pet toad in Sweden.

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Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Science/AP
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Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Science/AP

Rangers have named the toad “Toadzilla,” Ms. Gray said, adding that the museum will investigate whether it is the largest toad it can find.

According to the WWF, cane toads are native to South America and Central America and were introduced to Australia in 1935.

Toads eat mainly live insects, but will also eat anything they swallow, including pet food and household scraps.

Toads are one of Australia’s most damaging insects and now number over two billion.



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