Cane toads aren’t native to Florida but have been in the state for quite some time, first introduced here in the 1930s to control agricultural pests. Pet trade escapes and releases in the 1950s and 1960s have created the current population.
The invasive species, which is native to extreme southern Texas and Central and South America, has yet to reach Northwest Florida, though there was an isolated population a few years ago in Panama City Beach.
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