Marine toad, Bufo marinus
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
Thursday September 1, 2011

Previous | Next | Archive |

BelizeSearch.com
Website of the Day

WildlifeBelize.com
The Belize Wildlife Conservation Network is an internet-based network for wildlife conservation entities in Belize and the surrounding region. The primary goals are to Facilitate communication and information-sharing, Increase collaboration between wildlife conservation entities, Support the Forest Department in carrying out its mandate, Serve as consultants to the Forest Department, and to Address Human-Wildlife conflict.
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
Marine toad, Bufo marinus

This monster is a marine toad, also called the giant neotropical toad - the largest was measured at 38 centimeters and weighed 2.65 kilograms. It was introduced into Australia, Fiji, the Philippines and other sugar-growing areas to control insects, so it also became known as the cane toad. The name "marine toad" is derived from its scientific name Bufo marinus, which was given in the mistaken belief that it could live in the ocean.

This one was at Rio Blanco, but this species has become a major problem in the places it was introduced, because of its voracious appetite, its prolific breeding rate and the poison produced by the large glands on either side of its head. It will eat anything it finds, living or dead, including native wildlife like other frogs and even snakes. It has few enemies in the places it was introduced, so it can proliferate without being held in check. If anything does eat it, including domestic dogs, there's a good chance they'll die because of the toxins in its skin. A female can lay up to 25000 eggs each time she spawns, and even the eggs and tadpoles are toxic enough to kill other animals.

Photographs by Richard Seaman

Click here to comment on this picture.

Belize Slideshow
Other Belizean "Pictures of the Day":
San Pedro Daily, Tony Rath's "Images of Belize"




Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!


Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day


button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize