Invasive Species: Cane toads hop across Northern Australia

June 1, 2010

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Cane toads have been spreading internationally, this one is in upper Rio Negro, Brazil, photo by wquatman on Flickr

In of Northern Australia, the sight of the bufo marinus, otherwise known as the “cane toad,” has become all too familiar. The non-native toads have been hopping across the continent at an alarming rate, killing many top predators in their paths.

Rick Shine is a professor of biology at the University of Sydney. He studies ways to control the exploding cane toad population.

He told Jerome what originally brought the toads to Australian shores.