Did you know that Texas has more species of toads than any other state in the US? We've got a ton! One type, in particular, is essential to watch out for, especially if you've got pets. A single curious bite or lick of this Texas toad could be deadly to dogs and cats.

The South Texas Cane Toad is not to be messed with.

While this huge toad is a massive problem in Australia, it's actually only found in a few Texas counties including Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Webb, Zapata, Willacy, and Jim Hogg. It produces some serious toxins to ward off predators. An encounter with a cane toad can lead to major health problems. It's not venomous, but it is poisonous.

Check out the video below to learn how to identify this deadly toad in the wild:

Don't let your pets anywhere near one! If you happen to think they might have come into contact with a cane toad, take them to the vet immediately. Also, if you do actually find one, it is suggested that you report it to Herps of Texas so that they can keep track of the status and whereabouts of this species.

Have you ever come across a cane toad in Texas? I'd love to see your photos or hear about your encounter. You are welcome to email me at Chrissy.Covington@townsquaremedia.com.

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