Invasive species struck me as a subject with high potential to be very interesting. Before hearing about these unstoppable predators, I was only aware of few situations that I now know are included in this invasive species category. The cane toad came to my mind immediately. I’ve heard a few stories now and then about their troublesome invasion that was brought on in the past. They were introduced in Australia to hunt the cane beetle. Of course, being an invasive species, they flourished without any means of stopping them. With nothing to hunt them down after they demolished the cane beetle population, they became a froggy force to be reckoned with. With more light researching about it, it seems that the cane toad is a rather notorious beast and has become an invasive pest in a number of countries over the years of its involuntary travel. At first it seemed funny thinking about this toad being such a menace to the natural habitat of Australia’s many.. many deadly inhabitants, but the cane frog just let’s them try to swallow him up. It’s a very poisonous species to everything else that tries to consume it. Obviously, no one will be chowing down on the cane toad because of that. Astoundingly though, other species of birds and snakes have evolved to be able to hunt the cane toad and avoid it’s poisonous glands.
There’s nothing more incredible than this display of the invasive species becoming a part of the system itself- impacting the way the native animals hunted and behaved just by being plopped down by humans. While it still seems to be a bother to many species, and their population is vastly increasing, they seem to be getting responses in amazing ways from the rest of their environment. Along with this species and other invasive creatures like the Python, I hope to find more and more impressive and pesky monsters like the cane toad.