Cane toads on the menu
With reference to Jennifer Crocker’s letter ‘Cane toad a goanna curse’ (Shooter, November 2018), I can confirm water-rats also know how to consume cane toads effectively since one night I found our last pond goldfish ($25!) being eaten by a water-rat sitting on top of the pond filter. It seemed to be saying “thanks for the Asian take-away”.
The following two nights, however, I found empty cane toad ‘suits’ in the same place with all internal flesh eaten bar a small, dark-pink liver-looking organ. That process has since been mentioned in an Australian Geographic article. The cunning native Aussies may win the day yet!
John Cornelius, Cairns
02 April 2019