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About ToadScan

Cane toads are an introduced pest that impact on our native wildlife, domestic animals and pets, primary producers, our community and recreational areas, and culturally significant sites. Anyone can use the ToadScan anywhere in Australia. ToadScan is a free mapping service that you can use to help with cane toad control in your local area. 

How can you use ToadScan?

  • Record and view all your records of cane toads, their damage and control activities all in the one place!
  • Upload your photos of cane toads and their activity and view them in the photo gallery
  • Use the data from your local area to create and print a map
  • Talk with your neighbours and compare your results
  • Identify the priority areas for control on your property and in your local area
  • Link with local groups and coordinate your resources
  • Find out who may be able to help you with cane toad control
  • Monitor the effects of control programs and prove their effectiveness
  • Review your data to see changes over time
  • Inform your community about cane toad problems.
Whether you are a landholder, landcare or community group, local council or school, ToadScan can help you map cane toads, access resources, connect with other people, and find out about available support. Join ToadScan to map cane toads in your local area and help build information about cane toads across your region.
ToadScan has been developed to assist communities, local government, and pest controllers to gather data on cane toads to support control programs. The aim of control is to reduce the numbers and damage/problems caused by cane toads.

You can help by recording:

1. Sightings of cane toads in your area

2. The damage (or problems) cane toads are causing in your area (eg risk to pets)

3. Control activities that are occurring in your area.

Adult male 10cm, photo by J Pumpars Adult female 5cm, photo by J Pumpars Mature adult female 17cm, photo by J Pumpars

Adult male cane toad 10cm

Adult female cane toad 5cm

Mature female cane toad 17cm


The FeralScan project 

The ToadScan project is part of an Australia-wide FeralScan Citizen Science Program designed to support landholders, community groups, and anyone with a feral or pest animal problem anywhere in Australia. The project is an initiative of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Woolworths, Toshiba, Landcare Australia, Western Catchment Management Authority (NSW), Ninti One Limited, the ABC, and community groups Australia-wide.
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