Toad Issue Linda talks with Walter Meshaka , curator of the Everglades Regional Collection in the Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida. South Florida has been coping with an infestation of Cane Toads, which were introduced into the region to help control pests in the sugarcane fields of that region. However, the toads themselves are now causing problems because they have no significant predators in the area. The toads, called Bufo marinus, can grow to be as large as three pounds, and are toxic to people and to pets.
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Linda talks with Walter Meshaka , curator of the Everglades Regional Collection in the Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida. South Florida has been coping with an infestation of Cane Toads, which were introduced into the region to help control pests in the sugarcane fields of that region. However, the toads themselves are now causing problems because they have no significant predators in the area. The toads, called Bufo marinus, can grow to be as large as three pounds, and are toxic to people and to pets.