Definition of cane toad in English:

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cane toad


A large brown toad native to tropical America. It has been introduced elsewhere as a pest control agent but can become a serious pest itself, partly because animals eating it are killed by its toxins. Also called marine toad, giant toad.
  • Bufo marinus, family Bufonidae
Example sentences
  • Small, warty, and armed with a poison strong enough to kill crocodiles, the cane toad is generally regarded as a blight on the Australian landscape.
  • The cane toad is native to the American tropics and was deliberately introduced as a biocontrol agent between the middle of the 19th and 20th centuries in numerous islands of the Caribbean and the Pacific.
  • Another Australian biocontrol attempt gone awry entailed the release of the cane toad to control beetles that were harming sugarcane crops.
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