Asian black-spined toad

Asian black-spined toad (<i>Duttaphrynus melanostictus</i>) 
Source: Melbourne Museum
Asian black-spined toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) Source: Melbourne Museum
Asian black-spined toad (<i>Duttaphrynus melanostictus</i>) 
Source: Agriculture Victoria. Photograph by Jane Melville, Museum Victoria.
Asian black-spined toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) Source: Agriculture Victoria. Photograph by Jane Melville, Museum Victoria.

Terrestrial species not currently found in South Australia.

The Asian black-spined toad is not known to be established in Australia but is frequently intercepted at the border. It has greater tolerance to cold than cane toads.

Report any Asian black-spined toad to National Pest Alert Hotline (Freecall): 1800 084 881.

What to look for:

  • stocky toad with small head and short hind limbs
  • black tipped, hooked toes on front limbs
  • generally yellow-brown or reddish brown streaks and spots
  • back covered in pimple like warts and are usually capped with distinctive spines
  • prominent black ridge over each eye, which meet at the nose.

For more information read the Asian black-spined toad factsheet (DOC 605.0 KB)

Page Last Reviewed: 03 Sep 2019
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