Did you know female cane toads can produce up to 70,000 eggs a year? For years, stopping the invasion of these poisonous pests has seemed like a lost cause. But thanks to a new revolutionary invention, there may be hope.
Logan City Council invites residents to attend a Catching Cane Toad Information Session on the 16th of November to distribute new traps that can catch up to 4000 tadpoles in one go.
Logan City Council spokesperson Samantha Stiller says the information session will show residents how to deploy the traps to successfully catch tadpoles.
“Attendees will be shown a lure containing a toxic bait sourced from cane toad glands, which are attractive to tadpoles,” Ms Stiller said.
“Participants will learn about the ecology of the cane toad, the problems they pose and what can be done to reduce local populations. They will also learn to safely and humanely identify and capture adult cane toads, which can be used to produce lures for use in tadpole traps.”
Ms Stiller says some residents will use the lures to test their success in a controlled experiment run by Watergum and UQ in partnership with the council.
“City of Logan property owners with dams or water bodies on their property may be eligible to join a citizen science pilot project monitoring the effectiveness of the lure,” Ms Stiller said.
“Data collected during the project will help the council better understand cane toad populations in our city.”
Ms Stiller says the council co-funded the new tadpole trapping method, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ).
“Logan City Council works closely with local environmental groups and residents to reduce cane toad numbers and lessen their impacts on native flora and fauna,” Ms Stiller said.
“Depending on its success, the council hopes to extend the project to include Bushcare groups. Further community education sessions are also planned.”
Watergum have monitored programs responsible for catching over 85,000 tadpoles in Queensland, preventing over 392 million future toads. Register to attend the session and learn about becoming a part of the solution here.