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Tagged toads reveal secrets to invasion success

Tagged toads reveal secrets to invasion success

Media issued by the University of Technology Sydney

Using a novel approach tagging 20 adult cane toads with acoustic fish tags, researchers have documented for the first time the normally nocturnal adult cane toad entering man-made dams to cool down and rehydrate during the day.

How the normally tropical amphibian can survive long, hot dry seasons in arid Australia has been puzzling scientists, but UTS-led research—supported by the ARC—has finally revealed the amphibian's secret: the toad may be changing a key behaviour to survive harsh conditions, thereby improving its chances of ongoing success.

 

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