Posted Apr 30, 2014
In all my experience of living in QLD I have never come across anyone yet who has owned a cane toad as a pet. This is not only highly unlikely, but having them as a pet means that you would need to keep them away from other pets and your children.
It has been found that if a dog licks a cane toad he will get high. Interesting fact!
In QLD our backyard would be full of them, especially in the more humid weather. They would hide everywhere from appearing at our front door, to hiding in the laundry, camouflage in the backyard and sometimes even appearing under the sink in the kitchen. They can get into the crevices (such as under garages) and breed families. Cane toads love humidity. The positive thing about them is that they will keep your home pest free. In all the years I lived in QLD we never had one cockroach. They ate everything (except the geckos).
They breed fast, so if you can see one, expect that there is a family close by. If you can find a way to get rid of them (such as dettol, or finding a humane way) this will stop them from taking over your backyard.
Cane toads are pretty much self sufficient and do not need a lot of looking after, as they look after themselves. Be careful though, they are poisonous and it is best to keep clear of them. It is best to always wear shoes when venturing out in the garden during cane toad season as the feeling of the toad under your feet isn't pleasant.
My recommendation is that you do not have a cane toad as a pet.