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QUEENSLAND, Australia — Rangers in northeastern Australia were astonished when they stumbled across what may be the largest toad on record, weighing in at nearly 6 pounds.
Dubbed "Toadzilla" by the rangers, the 5.9-pound amphibian was found in Conway National Park in Queensland last week when park officials were conducting track work, the state's Department of Environment and Science said on social media.
In a tweet on Thursday, the department said rangers "were shocked to find a monster cane toad."
Rangers conducting track work in Conway National Park, near Airlie Beach, were shocked to find a monster cane toad beside the Conway Circuit last week. The animal weighed 2.7kg. She has been euthanised due to the environmental damage they cause.https://t.co/2A9aKpalowpic.twitter.com/cSiYwBgr62— Queensland Environment (@QldEnvironment) January 19, 2023
Ranger Kylee Gray said the team came across the mammoth creature when she left their vehicle as they stopped to let a snake slither across the track.
"I reached down and grabbed the cane toad and couldn't believe how big and heavy it was," Gray said in a statement from the department on Friday.
"We dubbed it Toadzilla," Gray said, adding that they worked quickly to remove it from the wild because a cane toad of its size will eat "anything it can fit into its mouth."
Believed to be female, as they typically grow larger than their male counterparts, the toad was taken back to the rangers' base, where she was weighed. Rangers say Toadzilla could set a new record.
The current Guinness World Record for the largest toad was set in 1991 by Prinsen, a pet toad in Sweden, which weighed a hefty 5.13 lb.
Toadzilla has since been "euthanized due to the environmental damage they cause," the department added in its tweet.
The Department of Environment and Science told CNN on Friday that she has been sent to the Queensland Museum for further analysis.
Native to South America and mainland Central America, cane toads were first introduced to Australia in 1935 as a biological control against cane beetles.
Instead, they became an invasive — and noxious — species that has "had a devastating impact on our native wildlife," the department added.