(ANSA) – ROME, Jan. 20 – The one discovered by authorities in a rainforest in northern Australia is a record-breaking frog, so much so that it has earned the nickname ‘Toadzilla’ (a union between English ‘toad’ and Godzilla). The specimen of cane toads is so huge that wildlife officials thought it was a fake. The average frog is six times larger, weighs 2.7 kg and could break a world record.
Frogs – first introduced to Australia in 1935 – are one of the country’s most damaging pests and are now estimated to number in the hundreds of millions.
When ranger Kylie Gray first spotted the massive amphibian while out on patrol in Queensland, she couldn’t believe her eyes. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“[Sembrava] Almost a soccer ball with legs. We named it Toadzilla. Created by a pet toad in Sweden named Prinsen in 1991, it weighs 2.65 kilograms.
According to Gray, the giant specimen probably ate a diet of insects, reptiles, and small mammals. Gray is unsure of his age, claiming he’s been “close for a long time”. Frogs have no natural predators in Australia, and toxic species have devastated native animal populations. Toadzilla has since been killed, as is customary in Australia for vermin, and will be donated to the Queensland Museum. (Dealing).
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