Invasion of the Guttural toad
The Guttural toad (Sclerophrys gutturalis) is indigeno
us and prolific in most of southern Africa, but is NOT indigenous to the Cape Peninsula, where it competes with other amphibians such as the endangered Western Leopard toad (Sclerophrys pantherina). Over the past few years they have invaded Constantia and Bishopscourt and have recently been found in Noordhoek. Why these areas, you ask? The reason is that Guttural toads enjoy lush gardens with ponds.
In order to control this toad’s populations and minimise the damage to other amphibians, a team of experts, the NCC Environmental Services, has been appointed by the City of Cape Town to implement the Guttural Toad Project.
The Guttural toad looks similar to the Leopard toad, but has less striking “leopard spots” and a cross on its head. When stressed it can excrete a sticky gel on its skin which is toxic to other animals, such as dogs and cats. Do not kiss this toad! The Guttural toad croaks at night with an abrasive loud “crrrr…crrrr…crrrr…crrrr…”. There is a video with sound effects on our Facebook page.
DO NOT EVER move amphibians, tadpoles or eggs from one location to another, as you may be spreading an invasive species. If you have one in your garden, trap it in a bucket or plastic bakkie, if you can.
IF YOU SEE OR HEAR A GUTTURAL TOAD (or think it may be one) contact NCC Environmental Services who will arrange to come and identify and remove the toad to be used for study purposes: 021 702 2884 or 083 240 6126 or 071 873 2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share this information with everyone in the Cape Peninsula.
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