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Updated: 07/11/2014 09:22:54AM

Giant toads are lethal to pets

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In Florida, Giant Toads can be found in both urban and agricultural areas. This species breeds in canals, flooded ditches, shallow pools and fish ponds.

NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Dr. Elton Gissendanner educates Jean Ottoway on the care and health of her Pomeranian, Gracie.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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Cane toads, giant toads, the scientific name Bufos Marinus –– whatever you call them, they are dangerous. The big toads possess a poisonous toxin that can lead to death in cats, dogs, coyotes and other animals.

While not usually lethal to humans, contact with the toads can cause irritation to the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

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