In­va­sive toad spot­ted in Cloverdale

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

AN unusual toad with raised black pim­ple-like warts found in a Cloverdale back­yard has sparked a re­quest from au­thor­i­ties for the pub­lic to keep an eye out for it.

It was con­firmed to be an Asian black-spined toad, which is a pri­or­ity de­clared pest in Aus­tralia.

Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment (DPIRD) in­va­sive species man­ager Richard Watkins said Asian black­spined toads posed a ma­jor threat to WA’s en­vi­ron­ment and bio­di­ver­sity, par­tic­u­larly na­tive species.

“Asian black-spined toads are na­tive to Asia and have the po­ten­tial to es­tab­lish in Aus­tralia,” Mr Watkins said.

“It is im­por­tant that we de­ter­mine if there are more toads in the area; if so, lo­cate them and pre­vent the species from es­tab­lish­ing and po­ten­tially spread­ing.”

Mr Watkins said of­fi­cers from DPIRD and the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions were col­lab­o­rat­ing on lo­cal sur­veil­lance.

“We’re ask­ing for the as­sis­tance of peo­ple in the Cloverdale area, and any­one who has re­cently re­turned or re­ceived de­liv­er­ies from Asia, to look out for and re­port sight­ings of unusual toads for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion,” he said.

Asian black­spined toads are re­lated to the cane toad and ex­crete a poi­sonous sub­stance that may af­fect pets if in­gested.

The toad’s skin se­cre­tions may cause itch­ing in the nose and eyes when han­dled by hu­mans.

They are pro­lific breed­ers and com­pete with na­tive toads and frogs for food and habi­tat, as well as eat­ing their eggs and tad­poles.

Re­port all sus­pected sight­ings of Asian black-spined toads via phone hot­line 0400 693 807, or use the MyPestGuide Re­porter app or MyPestGuide Re­port On­line and choose the ‘ABST sur­vey’ op­tion.

Photos and a de­scrip­tion of where and when the an­i­mal was sighted are vi­tal.

An in­va­sive black-spined toad.

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