A cane toad that wound up in Regina, discovered in a shipment of plants from Florida, poses no problem as an invasive species because of our harsh winters, an expert says.
Instead, Rhinella the toad, named to match the creature's scientific handle, is spending time at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum being admired by visitors.
Currently, the toad is not on display, to give it a break..
"She does very well," Ray Poulin, a curator at the museum, told CBC Tuesday. "She loves to eat crickets. People love to come see her. And the people in the lobby when they came to visit the Royal Saskatchewan Museum just loved to hear about her."
In some parts of the world, cane toads are an unwelcome addition to the environment and are viewed as an invasive species.
That is not a worry for Saskatchewan, Poulin said.
"Cane toads will not make it through our winters here," he said. "So the only hope that our little toad friend has is to stay at the museum. Released in the wild she'd be a goner, just in the first snow fall."
After several months of her cricket diet, Poulin said Rhinella the toad has thrived. She currently measures about 10 centimetres long and weighs less than 450 grams.
In the wild, they can grow to around two kilograms.