Record-breaking 'toadzilla' discovered in Australian rainforest

Record-breaking 'toadzilla' discovered in Australian rainforest

A cane toad so huge it has been dubbed ‘toadzilla’ has been found in a north Australian rainforest.

The amphibian monster is six times bigger than the average toad and weighs 2.7kg - meaning it could break the world record for the species.

Park ranger Kylee Gray spotted the giant pest while out on patrol in Queensland.

"I've never seen anything so big," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "(It looked) almost like a football with legs. We dubbed it Toadzilla."

Her team captured Toadzilla - who is believed to be a female - and weighed her. They were stunned to find she weighed in at a mammoth 2.7kg, which if formally confirmed could set a new world record - surpassing the 2.65kg set by a pet toad in Sweden named Prinsen in 1991.

The cane toads were first introduced to Australia in 1935 and have become damaging pests as hundreds of millions now gorge themselves on a diet of insects, reptiles, and small mammals.

Toadzilla has since been euthanised, as is standard practice due to the harm they do to native fauna. It will be donated to the Queensland Museum.