Oct 29, 2010

Race a cane toad

The cane toad is a pest. So before you kill them, try racing them. They'll love it, says Matt Smith. (They won't really love it. But you'll have some fun, and they had it coming.)


It's impossible to estimate the number of cane toads currently hopping around Australia, many of which call Queensland home. Not only do they endlessly breed, but they don't stand still long enough to count them -- their territory isn't just limited to the Sunshine State, but covers parts of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, and it's even starting to creep into Western Australia. This animal was originally bought to our shores as a method of combating the native cane beetle, and while it proved to have a taste for the insect, it was completely useless in the field of climbing sugar cane, thus proving unable to fulfil it's intended function but leaving it plenty of free time to overpopulate and become Australia's most well-known pest. Pest, perhaps, is putting it mildly. There are, however, pubs scattered across the wide brown land that have made cane toad racing a popular and regular event. Or you can replicate the spectacle in your own backyard.

A cane toad race is conducted in the following manner:

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions



Leave a comment

One thought on “Race a cane toad

  1. Ern Malleys cat

    I gather you meant kill them humanely, rather than humanly, in the freezer.
    It’s actually a losing battle killing adult toads. Collect the eggs (quite distinct from native frogs) in thousands in ponds and leave them on dry ground to dessicate.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details