As of January 2021 cane toads are still usually only found in QLD and the northern areas of NT and into the Kimberley. But they are on the move so keep an eye out in northern NSW and WA.
Before you decide to dispose of a creature you suspect is a Cane Toad (Rhinella marina), make sure you are not mistaking a frog for a toad. Up to two-thirds of suspected toads turn out to be harmless native frogs.
There are a number of ways to identify Cane Toads.
A Cane Toad:
It may look similar to some native frogs because it:
Some native frogs that are sometimes mistaken for cane toads include:
Ornate Burrowing Frog or other types of Burrowing Frogs
What to do if you have found a cane toad
If you think you have found a cane toad you should report it to your local council or the appropriate government department in your state.
You can use the ToadScan website to report a sighting. ToadScan is part of the FeralScan initiative supported by the Australian Government and is used to report sightings to a number of state government departments.
NSW: Department of Primary Industries
VIC: Department of Agriculture
QLD: Business Queensland – Agriculture
NT: NT Government – Environment
WA: Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development