The show­ers flush out a toad horde

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

HORDES of cane toads have been flushed out of their reg­u­lar hidey holes by 22mm of rain that burst over Cairns ear­lier this week.

Frog Safe Inc founder and pres­i­dent Deb­o­rah Per­golotti said the in­va­sive an­i­mals had re­mained semi-buried un­der leaf lit­ter and other hid­ing spa­ces dur­ing the dry sea­son.

“With that sud­den bout of rain in one par­tic­u­lar spot, it’s ba­si­cally in­un­dated all the lit­tle toads’ hidey holes,’’ she said.

“It will drive them out and they will start mov­ing around dur­ing the day.”

Ms Per­golotti her or­gan­i­sa­tion needed a prop­erty close to rain­for­est, with a per­ma­nent creek or dam, ideally within the Dou­glas or Table­land shires, for its planned frog hospi­tal and a small visi­tors’ cen­tre.

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