The annual campaign in Australia to slaughter buffalo toads, an introduced pest species in the country in 1935, resulted in the deaths of 14,000 of these frogs, its organizers said Monday.
Volunteers needed this weekend bring the animals in plastic bags at designated locations where the toads were then killed.
The campaign, which was the third edition took place especially in the State of Queensland (northeast), where the majority of these animals.
toads were gassed in plastic bags and sold for their skin remains to be processed into fertilizer or for scientific research.
The recent floods that hit Queensland, have clearly promoted the proliferation of these animals, endowed with a prodigious rate of reproduction. In the streets of Townsville, only one lamp has attracted up to 50 toads.
According to the local MP Shane Knuth, the slaughter of thousands of these animals through this annual campaign, avoiding the birth of millions more.
This toad has glands that secrete a poison that can kill snakes and crocodiles. It destroys the competing species and colonize new areas constantly.
Native to Central America, Bufo marinus, also known as giant toad is the largest representative of its kind, was introduced in Australia in 1935 to fight against beetles which were devastating at the time the cane plantations sugar.
A bad idea because not only the animal has not eradicated the insects but became a nuisance more formidable.
Bufo marinus has colonized an area of approximately 1.2 million km2 in Queensland and the Northern .
There is growing every year more than 50 km, endangering the biodiversity of these areas, experts say.