That FrogMustFall now too

2016-11-22 06:00

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Residents have been called on to halt the spread of an invasive species of toad.

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with CapeNature, the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and the Natural Resources Management Program embarked on a project to protect indigenous toads and frogs from an alien toad species, the guttural toad.

The guttural toad is rapidly establishing itself and poses a serious threat to the survival of indigenous species, especially the endangered Western leopard toad. This is because they compete for habitat, resources and breeding grounds.

The guttural toad lives in a 5km range in the Constantia Valley area and is known to breed in garden ponds. However, the invaded area is increasing year after year and it is now possible to find this species outside Constantia.

The project includes locating the toads followed by actions to remove them. It is essential to capture every guttural toad sighted, because a single female can produce 20 000 eggs per season. Residents are cautioned not to try to remove these toads by themselves, and to rather contact the City. The toads have a distinguishing guttural call which enables the team to locate them.

V Readers who have sighted any guttural toads should contact NCC Environmental Services on 021 702 2884, 072 037 3034 or gutturaltoads@ncc-group.co.za.

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