Researchers believe traps, which have a solar-powered light to attract insects for toads to eat, may be a way to halt the cane toad invasion of Kakadu National Park. Trials of toad traps in Darwin and nearby wetlands appear to have captured 75 per cent of newly-arrived toads.
Graeme Sawyer, from Frogwatch, says he has written to Kakadu authorities suggesting Federal Government funding be sought for the traps.
On world heritage listed Fraser Island off SE Queensland, the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation has teamed up with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to trial three traps from the NT at Kingfisher Bay and Dilli Village.
Project officer John Sinclair says there are not many toads on the island, but they are making an impact. There are no recent records of any quolls being sighted on the island and the toads are probably also responsible for decimating the population of many species of snakes.