Researchers checking mutant cane toads in Gladstone | Pacific Beat

Researchers checking mutant cane toads in Gladstone

Researchers checking mutant cane toads in Gladstone

Updated 11 February 2013, 11:10 AEDT

The ubiquitous cane toad is Australia's least popular pest.

Since their introduction to Queensland in the 1930's, the feral species has spread as far south as Sydney and all the way to Broome on the west coast, wrecking ecological havoc where ever they're found.

But in Gladstone in Central Queensland, there's another reason for concern - mutant cane toads are on the rise.

Many have five legs or three eyes, and researchers are trying to find out why.

Presenter:William Rollo

Speaker:Iris Cosgrove, Gladstone Toad Busters

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