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Marine Toad

Marine Toad

Marty’s photo of the day #1654: This is a marine toad—the world’s largest species of toad. In the Amazon Rainforest, where I took this photo, they are an indigenous species—and king of all they survey. Unfortunately, these toads were imported to Australia, where they have become an environmental hazard. In the Amazon would-be predators know to avoid the toads’ huge poison glands; in Australia would-be predators don’t have the advantage of simultaneous evolution and rarely survive a marine toad encounter.

FYI: In Australia they call these toads “cane toads.”

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