Article Courtesy of The
By Eli Rosenberg
Published March 29, 2019
Thousands of poisonous toads have flooded a South Florida neighborhood, raising
fears about the dangers they pose to pets and children, according to local
The toads started appearing in Palm Beach
Gardens, a city of 55,000, north of Miami, in recent weeks,
according CBS Miami.
They have been found in people’s gardens, swimming pools,
sidewalks and driveways in the Mirabella neighborhood,
according to footage shared by WPTV, an NBC affiliate in
“I just see a massive amount of toads or frogs everywhere,
covering every square inch,” resident Jenni Quasha told WPTV.
“You can’t even walk through the grass without stepping on
“It’s not hundreds, you’re talking a thousand of these
little baby frogs,” resident Carollyn Rice told CBS Miami.
News outlets reported that the toads were poisonous bufo
toads, also known as cane toads. The toads are not native to the United
States, but their presence in Florida dates from the accidental release of
about 100 from a pet dealer at the Miami airport in 1955, according to the
University of Florida.
Bufo toads secrete a toxic milky substance from their heads when they are
handled or threatened. It can burn eyes, irritate skin and pose a serious
danger to cats and dogs if the toads are ingested, the university said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission did not return
requests for comment. It was not immediately clear if the infestation was
The Mirabella at Mirasol Homeowners Association declined to comment when
reached by The Washington Post.
Mark Holladay, the lead technician with Toad Busters, told CBS Miami that
heavy rains in the area and a warmer winter presented a ripe climate for the
amphibians to breed. He said the toads were coming from a lake in the
community and warned residents to keep pets and children away from them.
“If a pet was to ingest too many of them, even at that small size, it would
cause a problem,” he said.
Quasha told CBS that the toads were affecting the quality of life in the
“There’s no swimming in the pool and no playing outside and enjoying the
outdoors,” she said. “Just hoping we can figure this out so we can put an
end to it.”