Darwin's revenge -- Australia invaded by toxic toads!
"They are moving around 55km a year on average, which is a long way to hop if you are a toad," said Dr Phillips. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Toxic toads 'threaten disaster'
The toxic cane toad in Australia is evolving into an "eco-nightmare" capable of covering huge distances, a study in the journal Nature reports.
Scientists say the species Bufo marinus is developing a leggier, faster-moving form that is now hopping out rapidly across the continent.
[...] They kill snakes, lizards, water birds - even crocodiles and dingos.
[...] They were first introduced to Queensland from South America in 1935, in an attempt to wipe out cane beetles, a pest that was destroying sugar crops in north-east Australia at the time.
Since then, the toads have been sweeping through Australia leaving a trail of dead creatures in their wake.
[..] The scientists say the toads are causing an "ecological nightmare".
So far, researchers have been unable to find a successful way of controlling the ever-spreading invaders, which are now on the cusp of invading Darwin.