Invasive toad spotted in Cloverdale
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.