A great family day out. Registration and judging will be followed by a free sausage sizzle.
Sunday 25th March 2012
8:30am – 11:30am at the Anzac Park Rotunda, MacMillan St, Ayr.
Cane toads have been a major environmental menace in North Queensland for decades. After the success of Toad Day Out in North Queensland in 2009, 2010 and 2011, it has become an annual event.
Come join us and play your part in reducing the numbers of these pests in a humane way.
Rules and Conditions
- Toads must be ALIVE and UNHARMED or they will not be eligible for inclusion in the prize draws.
- Toads must be at least 50mm (5cm) in length.
- Only cane toads will be accepted.
- 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 heaviest total weight of toads. There will also be a prize for the school with the most toads (by weight).
Is it safe?
While toads are poisonous, if you follow these simple tips they can be handled safely.
The poison is only dangerous if you ingest (swallow) it. Toads will only squirt out poison if you hit them or mistreat them. They may also have some poison on their skin and they may urinate when handled so it is recommended that you wear gloves when handling them. Do not grab toads from the head as they are more likely to release poison (they think they are being eaten). Keep them away from your eyes at all times. Once you are finished collecting toads, WASH YOUR HANDS – even if you have been wearing gloves.
Adults, should supervise children and remember to apply mosquito repellent.
Where to find toads
Toads can best be found in the early evening, when they congregate under light to catch insects. Your local street light is often a good place (watch out for traffic). They also love wet low-lying areas.
What can I do throughout the rest of the year?
To really make an impact on toad populations, you can capture toads all year round. The most humane method, as prescribed by the RSPCA, is as follows:
- Capture toads and place in a plastic bag.
- Place the bag and toad into a plastic container and put the lid on.
- Now place the whole thing into your refrigerator (at 4°C) and leave it there for 12 hours. This does not kill the toad but does anaesthetise it.
- Next, place the container with toad into the freezer (-20°C) for at least 48 hours. This last step will painlessly kill the toad.
- Thoughtfully dispose of the body by putting the entire thing into your wheelie bin. Of course this is best done on bin day to avoid any nasty smell!