Cane toads have been a major environmental menace in North Queensland for decades. Cane toads were introduced to Australia from Hawaii in 1935 to control cane beetles, but were ineffective.
They have since spread out of control and are harmful to native wildlife.
Toad Day Out in the Burdekin has now become an annual event taking place in March/April each year and attracting a number of local sponsors.
You can join in with your local community and play your part in reducing the numbers of these pests in a humane way.
2013 Toad Day Out – The 2013 Toad Day Out resulted in a great reduction in the number of toads in the Burdekin – more than 300 were handed in !!
Thank you to all who participated, we look forward to seeing you next year.
2014 Toad Day Out – To be advised
Rules and Conditions
- Toads must be at least 50mm (5cm) in length.
- Toads must be ALIVE and UNHARMED or they will not be eligible for inclusion in the prize draws.
- Only cane toads will be accepted. Visit www.frogsnotcanetoads.com.au to learn more about the differences between cane toads and native frogs.All toads will be identified by experts to make sure that no native frogs are brought in by mistake. All toads will then be disposed of humanely.
- Prize categories include heaviest toad and largest collection of toads.
- Plan your night of toad catching by preparing containers, traps, torches, mossie repellant and gloves
- Use a spotlight and some dog food to attract toads
- Use strong cardboard boxes with lots of newspaper for toad storage
- WASH YOUR HANDS once you have finished collecting the toads
- While toads are poisonous, the toxin is only dangerous if ingested
- Don’t grab toads from the head as they are more likely to release poison
- It’s recommended that you wear gloves and keep toads away from your eyes