LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- Keep a close eye on your pets! Conditions are right for the dangerous Cane Toad to make a reemergence in Southwest Florida.
Cane Toads thrive during rainy season. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife, the toads are reddish-brown to grayish-brown, with or without a pattern, and a light yellow belly.
FWC says the toad can secrete a toxin as defense against predators. If you dog or cat comes into contact with the toxin, it can be deadly.
Cane Toad poisoning symptoms include bright red gums and foaming at the mouth. If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, wash its mouth out immediately and get to a vet.