Kimberley Toad Buster's
The Cane Toad is a Key Threatening Process to the Australian Nation
This 57th Kimberley Toad Busters’ Newsletter is produced by Kimberley Specialists In Research Inc in conjunction with Kimberley Toad Busters Inc. Kimberley Specialists, a founding member of the Kimberley Toad Busters, continues to support the campaign against the cane toad by supporting www.canetoads.com.au raising funds and supporting cane toad scientific research.
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A group of 4 girls from Halls creek organized by the youth centre joined KTB’s animal scientist Jordy Groffen in Marella gorge. They stayed for two days to help out with the trapping of the animals and joined with the transact walks.
KTB Book Launch
Educational and KTB Book promotion
Jordy Groffen travelled throughout the West Kimberley to drop of information brochures and folders, spread the word about cane toads, and to give educational cane toad presentations as well as to promote the KTB book.
Jordy stated; “It was a great trip and it is good to see that a lot of people are worried about cane toads and want to learn what they can do before toads arrived and also once toads do arrive”. A big part of the educational presentation Jordy gave in Broome and Halls creek was about educating people on the differences between native frogs and cane toads. Critical also in the KTB education program presented by Jordy Groffen was helping people to recognise what impact cane toads will have on native wildlife, their direct and indirect impacts on known species as well as the lesser known impacts on smaller vertebrates, invertebrates and food supplies. Jordy went on to say. “People seemed to enjoy the presentations; the KTB book was well received. Communities that were still cane toad free said they want to do all that they can to mitigate the cane toads impact once the toad arrives. Community efforts in keeping numbers of toads from breeding into large numbers are critical in mitigating cane toad impacts on native wildlife”.
Jordy also managed to visit the Tablelands Community and dropped cane toad metamorphs collected by KTB to Mornington research station (500 frozen toads had been delivered by KTB earlier). The metamorphs will also be used for the taste aversion experiments being conducted by Mornington researchers.
Cane toad tadpoles versus frog tadpoles
To effectively do anything about all breeding cycles of the cane toad it is important to know the difference between frogs and cane toads in every life cycle. In this newsletter we will show you the differences between native tadpoles and cane toad tadpoles. Tadpoles of various different native frogs do differ from each other, but in general the main characteristic described below in the tadpole of the giant frog are relatively similar in all native species.
Collecting cane toad tadpoles is critical in keeping cane toad numbers reduced. Once you are certain they are cane toad tadpoles, you can easily scoop them up with a net. They often cluster together in big groups and this makes it easier to catch many tadpoles in a short amount of time. You can put them in the freezer or throw them up onto the bank. Put them into the sun so they die quickly then cover them with soil to stop the native wildlife from eating them. If meat ants get to them before you have a chance to cover them up they can eat them without any ill effect.
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