Tampa Bay Pet Owners: Poisonous Bufo Toads Found In Central Florida
This is a warning to pet owners. The bufo toad, or cane toad, is being found throughout central Florida. Be careful to keep your pets away from these toxic toads.
These amphibians are not native to Florida. They are from the Amazon basin, and were brought to Florida to control pests in sugar cane.
One of the most obvious signs that you have a bufo toad is that they are 6 to 9 inches long, not like our regular toads. The secretions are toxic and are deadly to dogs and cats.
This is an invasive species and it is recommended that you kill them if you see them. If your pet encounters one, biting or swallowing the toad, click here for instructions on what to do from ABC Action News. There are also details on identifying bufo toads.