Acquired: Pet store
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 20, 2014
The bulky, prehistoric form of the Cane Toad is one of the main things that attracted me to this species. They look very hardy and like the stereotypical image of a toad. In Australia, these extremely large toads are considered to be pests, since they can eat almost anything and are so highly toxic that they have no natural predators. They can spawn up to 60,000 eggs a year, so they can quickly over-populate an area. Still, they are a particularly interesting species to keep as a pet.
Cane toads look pretty mean and can have a grumpy temperament, when threatened they puff themselves up, make clucking noises, fire urine and toxins from their body and leap around wildly trying to 'headbutt' their attacker
Cane toads are happy to live in a standard toad habitat, with substrate, water and a heat mat, but they can reach an astonishing size - up to 30cm from snout to vent. They need a large tank, though it is not unheard of for owner to let their toads free roam. This is fine as long as you have not used any chemicals on your floor or have small children or other pets. I used to let my toads wander for about an hour every day and I know one man who had a particularly large female who constantly free-roamed having a large, clean cat litter tray full of water to lie in,
The call of the Cane Toad can be varied, mine often clucked like a hen, make telephone sounds, made a coughing sound and on occasion they sounded like they were screaming at one another.
This species is inexpensive and easy to care for, so would be perfect for a beginner, as long as the owner-to-be takes in to account the sheer size of these handsome amphibians.