Toad stow­aways

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY -

IN­CREAS­ING num­bers of Aus­tralian trav­ellers from Thai­land have been sur­prised to dis­cover black spined toad stow­aways in their lug­gage.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce said these toads are ac­tive at night and of­ten feed on in­sects in well-lit ar­eas be­fore seek­ing to rest in dark, moist ar­eas dur­ing the day.

“Most of the toads have come from Khao Lak, an area of Thai­land slightly north of Phuket,” Mr Joyce said.

“This pest is not present in Aus­tralia and would have no nat­u­ral preda­tors were it to gain a foothold; it has the po­ten­tial to cause more dam­age to Aus­tralia’s en­vi­ron­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity than the cane toad.”

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