Watch Out For Bufo Toads In Tampa Bay Area
If you’re a pet owner, you’ll want to be on the lookout for bufo toads.
Don’t let your precious pets get near them. They are toxic and could kill an animal in as little as 15 minutes. They secrete a milky-white toxin. This bufotoxin comes from glands on the back of their heads.
FWC is telling homeowners to please kill the bufo toads if you find them. “Before humanely killing a toad, always make sure that you have correctly identified it as a cane toad,” FWC said in a statement. “Native toad species are an important part of the ecosystem and are not harmful to people or pets so please be careful not to harm them.”
What do bufo toads look like?
Color: Reddish-brown to grayish-brown
Belly color: Light-yellow or beige
Angular, enlarged glands behind the eyes
Length: 6 to 9 inches
No ridges across the head
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