Canberrans are being urged to remain vigilant and report any suspected sightings of cane toads after one was found in Yarralumla last week.

Biosecurity teams identified and secured the male cane toad at the Yarralumla Nursery on Friday.

It’s believed it made its way into the ACT after jumping on board a shipment of nursey plants that arrived from Queensland the week prior.

ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Ian Walker said he is confident the arrival of the pest is limited to just one toad.

“Teams from across government undertook an intensive search of the nursery and surrounding area over the weekend. No additional cane toads were located during these searches, indicating that this was an isolated incursion.”

“It is highly unlikely a cane toad population would establish this far south due to Canberra’s cold winter climate, especially with the colder weather we experienced on Sunday.” Mr Walker added.

However Mr Walker has stressed the need to remain vigilant with cane toads considered toxic enough to kill most native and domestic animals including pets and some of our threatened species.

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What you can do if you think you’ve spotted a cane toad

  • Don’t kill it as it is most likely a native frog
  • Exercise caution and take a close-up photograph
  • Wearing rubber gloves and eye protection put into a well-ventilated container with 1cm of water
  • Phone Access Canberra on 13 22 81.