Radio-savvy snakes used to spy on cane toads

The cane toad’s impact on native snakes will be tracked by radio-transmitters surgically implanted in 20 wild pythons.

The Department of Environment and Conservation has fitted devices in 10 olive pythons, 10 water pythons, four black-headed pythons and one king brown snake in the East Kimberley.

The department’s principal research scientist, David Pearson, said the aim was to see if large snakes would be killed by cane toads, as they make their descent towards Perth.

Laboratory trials had already demonstrated that various reptile species were susceptible to cane toads, he said.

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Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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