Identifying a cane toad

Adult cane toads are usually very large – around 9-15 cm (or 3.5 to 5 inches) long. If you find one over 4 cm long, you should be able to identify it from the picture below.

However, smaller toads can easily be confused with native frogs. To make sure you don’t kill a native frog by mistake, please take all toads under 4 cm long to a frog expert for identification. If handling them, use rubber gloves.

Information from the NSW Department of Environment, Energy and Science. Includes comparison pictures and sound recordings between cane toads and native frogs.

Author NSW Government
Year 2011
Department Department of Environment and Heritage
Region NSW