The crapaud a été repéré apres qu’un serpent se deplacant sur une piste a force les agents de protection de la faune à s’arrêter allors qu’ils circulaient dans le parc national de Conway, dans le Queensland, a declaré le gouvernement de l ‘condition.
“I bent over and grabbed the frog. I couldn’t believe its size and weight,” said ranger Kylie Gray, describing her discovery of the amphibian last week.
“A cane frog of this size will eat anything that can fit in its mouth, including insects, reptiles, and small mammals,” she explained. We named him Toadzilla, she said. Watchman ».
The animal, an invasive species, was taken and euthanized. Cane toads were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control the breeding of some beetles, with devastating consequences for the local wildlife.
Maybe a female
At 2.7kg, which is roughly the weight of a newborn human, the frog could break the record for the largest specimen of this species, according to the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
Described as a “monster”, management said it could end up in the Queensland Museum. Due to her size, the guards believe she is female.
Although its lifespan is unknown, “this has been around for a long time,” said Kylie Gray, explaining that an amphibian has an average life expectancy of 15 years in the wild.