A Climbing Cane Toad? Surely Not!

I was emptying the rubbish the other night and as I turned to go back into the house, and I noticed an intruder sitting on the window sill.

It was dark, but from its shadow it looked like just another cane toad. So my immediate thought was “how did it get up there?” Cane toads are not best known for their climbing or jumping skills.

You see, I often come across cane toads outside my house at night time, adult cane toads can tend to be nocturnal. I think they have realised it’s less likely they’ll be hit with a golf club when it’s dark. But I’ve never seen any other kind of toad or frog on my land.

So I went to grab my camera to take a photograph of the cane toad world’s equivalent of Edmund Hilary. I was still “in the dark” as I took the shot…..

Our Green Tree Frog

Our Green Tree Frog

And that’s when I realized this was no cane toad mountaineer, but a green tree frog. “But how can you tell the difference, BobinOz?” I hear you ask.

Well, let me help you out.

You will notice from the above picture of our green tree frog that he is……

  • Cute
  • Button nosed
  • Smiling (he is smiling!)
  • Wide eyed
  • Smooth
  • Green
  • Beautiful
  • Harmless

And now the cane toad………

Cane Toad

Cane Toad

  • Disturbing
  • Boxers’ nose
  • Frowning
  • Psycho eyed
  • Wart covered
  • Rusty
  • Ugly
  • Toxic killer

I’ve written about both of these creatures before, so you already know that we love green tree frogs in this house, but this is the first one to “intrude” on our premises. He’s welcome.

And you will also know that the cane toad is the greatest ecological threat to Australia and would probably top the chart of Australian Bad Things if it wasn’t for the mosquito.


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  • Bill January 6, 2014, 5:29 pm |

    Scientists are great, but let’s not underestimate the value of the humble 7-iron in this area…


    • BobinOz January 6, 2014, 9:25 pm |

      Oh no, I’ll have the “Cane Toads Have Feelings Too” foundation on my back now 🙂

  • BobinOz August 3, 2010, 12:55 am |

    Then we’d have a plague of Green Frogs, wouldn’t we? Cuter I suppose, but can a plague be cute? Let’s just leave it to the scientists, they know what’s best.

  • Colin Burns August 2, 2010, 6:16 pm |

    Let’s breed the Green Frogs to eradicate plague Locusts!.

  • BobinOz January 17, 2010, 4:50 pm |

    Yes, he sure is cute. He wasn’t so lovable when he decided to sit inside one of my drain pipes and croak on the hour every hour. He sounded like a foghorn! Luckily, he moved on after a couple of days.
    PS, I assume you mean the green tree frog? If you’re talking about the cane toad, we need to have a chat.

  • Steve Povey January 16, 2010, 12:35 am |

    he is a cute little fella isnt he!

  • Aviram December 16, 2009, 11:44 pm |

    Not sure if the frog was smiling…but I sure am…after reading it 😉

    • BobinOz December 17, 2009, 7:55 pm |

      Oh, it was a smile, I was there! I saw it! Trust me.

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