Toxic toads: Pet owners share experiences, tips for dealing with toads that can be lethal to dogs, cats

Toxic toads: Pet owners share experiences, tips for dealing with toads that can be lethal to dogs, cats
If a dog or cat licks or sniffs a cane toad, the amphibian's poison can kill them in 15 minutes. (WFTV.com News Staff)

Central Floridians have shared their own scary experiences involving their dogs encountering the toads as well as tips for telling the toads apart from other amphibians.

See what they had to say below:

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🐸 All it takes is a quick lick or a sniff. Fifteen minutes later, your dog could be dead.

Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Heath said he was surprised by the number of commenters critiquing the FWC-suggested method to humanely kill the toads.

“I'm just astonished at the people who think I came up with the method to kill them ... like ‘best ways to kill amphibians’ is a skill set I have.”

Commenters Lauren Scott, Ronney Prater Walker and Sheila Bray Brodman all wrote in with their own scary experiences with the toxic cane toads.

Comment on Facebook by Lauren Scott.
Comment on Facebook by Lauren Scott. (Facebook)
Comment on Facebook by Ronney Prater Walker.
Comment on Facebook by Ronney Prater Walker. (Facebook)
Facebook comment by Sheila Bray Brodman.
Facebook comment by Sheila Bray Brodman. (Facebook)

If you or someone you know have encountered these toads, please contact Heath by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Cristal Wimer LaCroix urged readers to look up the differences to tell invasive cane toads apart from toads that are native to Florida.

Facebook comment by Cristal Wimer LaCroix.
Facebook comment by Cristal Wimer LaCroix. (Facebook)

And commenter Therese Davis said the toads are just another example of Florida being Florida.

Facebook comment by Therese Davis.
Facebook comment by Therese Davis. (Facebook)

🐸 Did you know there are toads in Central Florida so toxic they can kill your pet in 15 minutes? Steps you can take to protect your animals ➡️ at.wftv.com/2tvpXjV

Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020