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Humongous cane toad dubbed 'toadzilla' found in Queensland

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A cane toad so huge it was nicknamed 'Toadzilla' has been found in Queensland.

The mammoth creature weighed almost three kilograms – almost as much as a brick.

It was spotted by rangers in Conway National Park, near Airlie Beach.

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Ranger Kylee Gray said a snake slithering across the track forced them to stop their vehicle.

But when she stepped out of the car and looked down, she gasped.

"I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn't believe how big and heavy it was," Gray said.

"We dubbed it Toadzilla, and quickly put it into a container so we could remove it from the wild.

A cane toad so huge it was nicknamed 'Toadzilla' has been found in Queensland.The mammoth creature weighed almost 3kg - almost as much as a brick.

"A cane toad that size will eat anything it can fit into its mouth, and that includes insects, reptiles and small mammals.

"We believe it's a female due to the size, and female cane toads do grow bigger than males.

"When we returned to base, she weighed in at 2.7kg, which could be a new record."

Cane toads can live up to 15 years.

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A cane toad so huge it was nicknamed 'Toadzilla' has been found in Queensland.The mammoth creature weighed almost 3kg - almost as much as a brick.

The creature was euthanised due to the environmental risk they pose, and is set to head to the Queensland Museum.

Cane toads were introduced into Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle.

They are now considered a threat to the nation, under the Environment Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.

They usually grow up to 26cm and weigh up to 2.5kg.

Female cane toads can produce up to 30,000 eggs in a season.

A cane toad so huge it was nicknamed 'Toadzilla' has been found in Queensland.The mammoth creature weighed almost 3kg - almost as much as a brick.

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They can kill wildlife and have caused local extinctions of some of their predators.

While they primarily feed on insects, they will also eat small vertebrates.



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