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Asian Toad Threatens Madagascar

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Asian Toad Threatens Madagascar

The Asian toad has landed in Madagascar, leaving scientists anxious about the havoc it could wreak. In a letter published this week in Nature, researchers warned that animals native to the isle will be defenseless against the amphibian because they’ve never been exposed to it before. Toxic if consumed, Duttaphrynus melanostictus preys on insects, snakes, and rodents, and it can spread deadly fungi and viruses to others. The researchers urge that the country put a program in place quickly to eradicate the toads, National Geographic reports.

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