The 2.7-kilogram (5.9-pound) amphibian, named “Taadilla” by rangers, was found in Queensland’s Conway National Park last week while park staff were doing track work, the state’s Department of Environment and Science said on social media .
U tweet on Thursday, the department said rangers “were shocked to find the monster frog.”
Ranger Kylie Gray said the team came across the mammoth when it left their car when they stopped to let the snake slither down the road.
“I bent down and grabbed the cane toad and I couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” Gray said in statement from the department on Friday.
“We named it Toadzilla,” Gray said, adding that they worked quickly to remove it from the wild because a cane toad of its size will eat “anything it can fit in its mouth.”
Believing it to be a female, as they usually grow larger than their male counterparts, the frog was taken back to the ranger base where it was weighed. Rangers say Taadilla could set a new record.
Current Guinness Book of Records The largest toad was set in 1991 by Prinsen, a pet frog from Sweden that weighed 2.65 kg (5.13 lb).
Toadzilla has since been “put to sleep due to the damage they cause to the environment,” the department added in a tweet.
The Department of Environment and Science told CNN on Friday that it had been sent to a Queensland museum for further analysis.
Native to South America and mainland Central America, reed toads were first introduced to Australia in 1935 as biological control of cane beetles.
Instead, they became invasive — and harmful – species that “have had a devastating impact on our native wildlife”, the department added.
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