Any Melbourneans reading the news today can be forgiven for thinking that a cane toad invasion is coming:
‘RESIDENTS in Sunbury in Melbourne’s northwest have been urged to help solve the mysterious appearance of a cane toad in the street…
…They breed quickly, have an insatiable appetite and although they have some natural predators, poisonous glands pose a rosk to any animal which attacks one.
Where cane toads have gone, alarming declines in various native species have followed.’
Dear Australians, don’t panic just yet. Cane toad can not actually survive in temperatures under 15C. With the temperatures in Melbourne dropping below 5C nightly, it is fair to say that Melbourne is not in danger of inundation.
The lone cane toad was probably brought into the town intentionally or by accident on a motor vehicle.
The message is, don’t panic. Melbourne is cane toad – safe.