All hail, ‘Toadzilla’: Giant toad in Australia could be world’s largest
Story by Timothy Bella • 13h ago
As Kylee Gray got out of her car, she looked to the ground and gasped in disbelief.
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The ranger at Conway National Park in Queensland, Australia, had stopped the vehicle last week in a wild rainforest after she saw a snake slithering across the track. But what she saw next was no snake — or, for that matter, anything she had seen before.
When she picked up the creature, she was holding a monster cane toad that she believes could be the largest of its kind in the world. This was the first time Gray met the large, poisonous amphibian she’d soon be calling “Toadzilla.”
“I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn’t believe how big and heavy it was,” she said in a statement issued by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
After weighing the cane toad (nearly six pounds), and concluding that it is a female since they weigh more than their male counterparts, Gray said she considered naming the toad “Connie.” But upon further consideration, Gray said, she thought that instead of a Connie, the cane toad looked more like a “Godzilla,” the fictional monster that wreaks havoc on Japan.
“We dubbed it Toadzilla, and quickly put it into a container so we could remove it from the wild,” Gray said.