Cane Toads: An Unnatural History | Chicago Reader

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

One hundred and two cane toads were brought into Queensland, Australia, in 1935 in the hope that they'd get rid of sugarcane grubs. But the toads quickly overran the countryside, eating everything except cane grubs. In this documentary featurette (1988, 47 min.), filmmaker Mark Lewis extracts as much grim humor as possible from this problem—which still persists—with all its grotesque ramifications: the strange mating habits of the toads; the ecological disaster caused by their poison, which also serves as an illegal hallucinogenic drug; the popularity of the toads as pets; and so on.


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