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Poisonous toad is disco animal

Australian researchers have found that cane toads, over-riding the country's north are attracted by disco lights.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 19:23 IST
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Australian researchers have found that cane toads, over-riding the country's north are attracted by disco lights. Experts believe, the discovery can be used to control the poisonous amphibians.

Graham Sawyer, head of the environmental organisation Frogwatch, said tests in the Northern Territory showed that the cane toads swarmed towards the ultra-violet lights commonly used on night club dancefloors.

“We've found that the old toads are definitely a disco animal,” Sawyer said.

Traps fitted with the UV lights caught three times as many cane toads as those with other light sources, possibly because of the large amount of insects attracted by the UV.

Sawyer said the research would be used to try to control cane toads, which have been described as Australia's number one environmental threat. The toads were introduced from South America into Queensland state in the 1930s to control another pest — beetles that were ravaging the sugarcane fields of the tropical northern coasts. Cane toads have poisonous sacs on the back of their heads full of a venom so powerful that it can kill crocodiles, snakes or other predators in minutes.