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Cane toad

Cane toad
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-12-02
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-01-28 11:56
Viewed: 3121
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Bufonidae
Genus: Rhinella
Species:R. marinus

The cane toad (Rhinella marina), also known as the giant neotropical toad or marine toad, is a large, terrestrial true toad which is native to Central and South America, but has been introduced to various islands throughout Oceania and the Caribbean, as well as northern Australia. It is a member of the genus Rhinella, but was formerly in the genus Bufo, which includes many different true toad species found throughout Central and South America. The cane toad is a prolific breeder; females lay single-clump spawns with thousands of eggs. Its reproductive success is partly because of opportunistic feeding: it has a diet, unusual among anurans, of both dead and living matter. Adults average 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) in length; the largest recorded specimen weighed 2.65 kg (5.8 lb) with a length of 38 cm (15 in) from snout to vent.
The cane toad is an old species. A fossil toad from the La Venta fauna of the late Miocene of Colombia is indistinguishable from modern cane toads from northern South America. It was discovered in a floodplain deposit, which suggests the R. marina habitat preferences have always been for open areas.
The cane toad has poison glands, and the tadpoles are highly toxic to most animals if ingested. Because of its voracious appetite, the cane toad has been introduced to many regions of the Pacific and the Caribbean islands as a method of agricultural pest control. The species derives its common name from its use against the cane beetle (Dermolepida albohirtum). The cane toad is now considered a pest and an invasive species in many of its introduced regions; of particular concern is its toxic skin, which kills many animals—native predators and otherwise—when ingested.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-01-28 18:26]

Hello Luciano,
I have never seen one of these beautiful toads in the wild, so I will have to rely on your photo for now. The rusty reddish coloring on it's body is quite unusual and very pretty indeed. Captured in exceptional detail and good DOF. Your use of flash made the colors pop and allows us to get a great look at it's unique body features and attractive markings. Love those big gold speckled eyes with a tiny bit of catchlight. Well done!!

hallo Luciano
Great shot of this big toad with good sharpness and beautiful colours
gr lou

Bonsoir Luciano,

La grenouille est bien placée dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la grenouille. La bonne luminosité rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Hi Luciano,
Nice shot of this toad with rich colour.


Ciao Luciano, bella anche la versione per TN, favoloso occhio, gran bel ritratto con splendidi dettagli, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano - Excellent close picture of this Toad. In our yard Toads are everywhere, but not such colored. Well captured with nice color, contrast and light. Well detail led picture.. Thanks for sharing with useful NOTE. Regards and have a nice WE - Srikumar

Hi this is super love it
i like this composition with so good sharpness and beautiful colours despite the difficult light and location too, the details are truly perfect everywhere
Thanks Andy

Hi Luciano,
quel superbe portrait de ce crapaud gigantesque. J'aime surtout la composition et les couleurs de l'animal en contraste avec les pierres sur lesquelles il est posé.
merci et bonne journée

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2015-01-31 11:53]

salut Lucinano
superbe image d'un sujet peu commun. Bonne composition rapprochée et excellents détails avec cet œil tout brillant.


Nasty looking thing, in my opinion! But very well captured, and very interesting coloration - I had imagined they were brown.

Ciao Luciano
What a close meeting with this beauty.Fantastic colors and light. Superb sharpness and clarity.Love it!
Have a good day and thanks.
j. Diogo

OUTSTANDING IMAGE this is Sir.Fantastic details captured in front of the black back ground make this frame GREAT.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-02-13 16:20]

Hi Luciano
Rare colors and details on this toad, unknown for me.
The picture is excellent, sharp and detailed.
The note is a lesson.

Regards & TFS

Hello Luciano

WOW ! a great macro of this toad, in a very fine POV obtaining his eye-contact,
great job from your camera's Flash giving a beautiful light and helping for the
great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2015-04-14 16:57]

Hola Luciano, hermosa foto de este Sapo, con un color muy particular, excelente composición, enfoque,luz y color, en un hermoso entorno...saludos.

Hi Luciano,

Amazing picture with excellent collors and sharp details.


Hello Luciano
Thank you for sharing this awesome close up of this interesting looking cane toad. DOF is great including composition. He's a real beauty!
TFS Janice

Hello there Mr. Luciano,

That fella is so serious with the pose. What an excellent photo, superb sharpness and details. Thank you for sharing this one.


Ciao Luciano,
Amazing living being, wonderful to know how it looks like, the color of the skin, the details, very nice capture.

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