ROUND ’ EM UP: Frog expert from JCU Dr Ross Alford with Councillor Vern Veitch THE North’s cane toad scourge can jump but they can’t hide when people declare war on them tonight.
The Toad Day Out is when the council calls on residents to head outside to catch toads and win prizes, including a weekend at Balgal Beach, trophies and Anaconda vouchers for those who can collect the most.
Councillor Vern Veitch said at the end of the event, the toads would be humanely killed.
Some will be given to a l ocal t axidermist and most will go to James Cook University for research purposes.
‘‘ The best time to catch toads is from sunset until about 11pm and your best ammunition is a spotlight, some dog food, a torch, gloves and plastic bags,’’ Cr Veitch said.
‘‘ The goal is to catch as many cane toads as you can, store them safely the toad must be no less than 50mm in length,’’ he said.
Dr Alford advised people to use hands and a pair of gloves to catch the slippery creatures.
‘‘ Also having a head torch is really good as it leaves your hands free,’’ he said. ‘‘ The toads are often wary, but anyone with physical agility can catch them.
‘‘ Toads do have a toxic secretion so it is not a bad idea to wear gloves and be careful to not get the secretion in your eyes as it hurts like crazy.
‘‘ At night leave your lights on because even though the toads don’t like white light, they do like a feed on the bugs that are attracted to the white light.’’
For more information, call NQ Dry Tropics on 4 7 2 4 3 5 4 4 , Townsville City Council on 4727 9000 or you can log on to www. frogsnotcanetoads. com. au.