The cane toad is a big, ugly toad. In Panama they are ‘el sapo’ and they are active at night, especially around houses where there is water, meaning a pool, and they often leave large toady ‘presents.’ In our part of the world, its habitat ranges from the southern United States to northern South America. It hatches from an egg laid in water, begins its life as a tadpole, and eats irritating insects. As tadpoles, cane toads eat algae and other plants that grow in water. Cane toad tadpoles change into fully formed frogs in 12 to 60 days.
Cane toads have a poison that can kill animals that try eating them, including dogs and cats. Predators that find the toad tasty include caimans, certain snakes, eels, and fishes. Some animals are resistant to their venom; others avoid the most venomous parts and can tolerate the venom they do eat.
Occasionally we have come across indications that we’ve had a visit from el sapo during the evening. On occasion, we will find one in the back garden like this little fellow.
In the future, this somewhat cute little guy will look like this behemoth. No, it’s not a prince. This sapo went from the back garden to live out its future in another area…in the campo.
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