Watergum’s Gold Coast Cane Toad Challenge has now been operating for 1 year. Our members have been trapping tadpoles, catching toads and uploading their data. Here are our current stats!
We currently have 150+ active members trapping tadpoles in the ponds, dams and creeks on their properties. Members are trained how to trap tadpoles effectively and use use techniques designed by scientists to count their catch.
Many of our members don’t have water on their property but they contribute to the CTC by catching the adults. Trapping tadpoles is not enough on its own, Removing the adults is vital to achieve successful cane toad control.
Future Toad Prevention
Female toads lay 2 clutches of eggs per year, each clutch can consist of up to 35,000 eggs. So each female toad removed from the environment is the removal of up to 70,000 future toads from the next generation. Male toads are randy! Removing a male from the environment prevents countless thousands of toads from hatching into the next generation.
Future toads prevented
Battle of the suburbs!
Historic tadpole data
Our members worked hard in our first year of operation, collecting toads and tadpoles on their properties and in their suburbs. Neighbourhood representation is key to the success of the cane toad challenge. The more people actively controlling cane toads in their area, the greater the impact will be.
Check out the map below to see how well represented each suburb is and which suburbs could desperately do with some more members! Green are well represented whereas red suburbs need more members. Click on each suburb to see how many tadpoles and toads have been reportedly caught in that suburb.
If you live in a green suburb, join other members and help them work towards a cane toad free suburb! If you live in a red suburb then get involved now and encourage your neighbours to do the same. Work towards impacting cane toads over the next season.
We know that the real numbers are higher than our records show. It is imperative that all members upload their data so we can see how much impact the program is having on cane toad numbers!