Australian rangers find ‘monster’ 2.7 kg cane buffalo

Australian rangers find ‘monster’ 2.7 kg cane buffalo

Park rangers hold a 2.7 kilogram cane toad found in Conway National Park in the Australian state of Queensland

Park rangers hold a cane toad weighing 2.7 kilograms found in Conway National Park in the Australian state of Queensland.

Australian rangers have killed an invasive “monster” cane toad found in the wilds of a coastal park – a ferocious brown specimen as long as a human arm and weighing 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds).

The toad was spotted after wildlife workers were stopped by a snake slithering across a track as they drove in Queensland’s Conway National Park, the state government said.

“I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and I couldn’t believe how big it was,” said ranger Kylee Gray, describing how she found the amphibian last week last.

“A cane toad will eat just about anything it can put in its mouth, and that includes insects, reptiles and small mammals,” she said.

The animal was taken from him and euthanized.

Cane toads were introduced to Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle, with devastating consequences for other wildlife.

At 2.7 kilograms – almost the weight of a newborn human baby – the toad could be a record breaker, the Queensland Department of Environment and Science said in a statement.

Describing it as a “monster”, the department said it could end the Queensland Museum.

A 'monster' cane toad found in the wild of a coastal park has been euthanized by park rangers because it is considered an invasive species

A ‘monster’ cane toad found in the wild of a coastal park has been euthanized by park rangers as it is considered an invasive species.

Because of its size, rangers believe it is a female.

Although the age is unknown, “this one has been around for a long time,” Gray said, explaining that the amphibians can live up to 15 years in the wild.

Female cane toads can produce up to 30,000 eggs in a season, and the animals are highly venomous, leading to the local extinction of some of their predators.

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