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Letter: The cane toad moves from Lyfordcay to Mount Pleasant Village
Published on September 12, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

It’s on the move, and no one knows for certain the extent of the cane toad’s invasion on New Providence Island in The Bahamas. Recent news reports say that the exotic creature was confined to Lyfordcay.

We know different now. On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, a cane toad was found to be in the Mount Pleasant Village community. The Lyfordcay police was notified, and action was taken to eliminate the venomous toad. The cane toad undertakers quietly took the remains away.

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Cane toad in Mount Pleasant Village
The question now is: Where will we find the next cane toad on our island?

According to Wikipedia, the cane toad has poison glands, and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested. Because of its voracious appetite, the cane toad has been introduced to many regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean islands as a method of agricultural pest control. The species derives its common name from its use against the cane beetle (Dermolepida albohirtum). The cane toad is now considered a pest and an invasive species in many of its introduced regions; of particular concern is its toxic skin, which kills many animals -- native predators and otherwise -- when ingested.

Dennis Dames
 
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