Ultraviolet lights used to tackle toad problem

12/09/2011
Scientists in Australia have found the solution to an overwhelming cane toad problem – ultraviolet lights.

Researchers in Queensland have discovered that the females of the species, that have been plaguing large areas of the country, can be lured into traps with a combination of ultraviolet lights and the sound of the male toad call.

Numbers of the toads caught in traps have increased tenfold since the discovery.

Cane toads, who have poisonous glands in their skin, are toxic to the animals that eat them, including birds and dogs.

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