A RESEARCHER, of Charles Sturt University, says it was only a matter of time before cane toads start breeding in Wagga.
It comes in response to a mistaken cane toad sighting in Wagga.
Senior research fellow Damain Michael said the recent sighting was a Sudell's frog - native to the area - which has started to resurface following heavy rains this autumn.
However, Dr Michael said it was not impossible to find the typically coastal toad in arid environments.
"They turn up in Wagga, Albury and many inland towns, including Melbourne occasionally, due to being transported in vehicles, caravans or cargo," he said.
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The toxic toad located in areas north of Sydney are slowly spreading.
"As they spread further south we can expect to see more accidental translocations inland, and it is a matter of time that we see them breeding in places like Wagga, Albury and Melbourne," Dr Michael said.
"Cities often have natural and created pond habitats that are warmer than the surrounding landscapes, so cane toads could potentially breed in Wagga as they support lots of suitable habitat."
Dr Michael said many people have confused native frogs with cane toads, but it was important to take a photo and have the species identified by an expert.
He said any confirmed sightings could be reported to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
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