A month or so ago, I got a phone call asking if I'd ever eaten cane toad. The caller wasn't really interested in the taste, but the safety - would eating a toad kill you?
Knowing the limits of my public liability insurance, I replied that, no, I hadn't eaten a toad and I wouldn't venture an opinion on the safety of doing so. However, I'd make a fair bet that toad "tastes like chicken".
Bizarre Foods, an American cable TV show has been in Australia's Top End recently and taken the plunge, reports News Limited http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24452062-17001,00.html As predicted, Erin Britton, a coordinator for FrogWatch said the toads "tasted like chicken". Apparently only bigger toads had enough meat on them and they were a bit sinewy around the joints. The Bizarre Foods chef took the skin off to avoid the toxins.
Hmmm, I'd still say the best way to avoid toad toxin is not to eat them.
Kimberley Toadbusters recently reported that cane toads were now extremely close to the Western Australian border, as well as to a possibly unique dwarf freshwater crocodile population. It's a pity our wildlife don't get to eat the toads skinned and in a garlic and white wine sauce.