Cane toad with BriteVu

Aug 7, 2019 Off Comments in Amphibians
Cane toad with BriteVu

Cane toads (Rhinella marina) originate from Central and South America. Over the past century, cane toads have been introduced into tropical and semi-tropical regions throughout the world. This world’s largest toad species has a voracious appetite and is highly toxic to potential predators. Because of these facts, cane toads are destructive to native animals and difficult to control adding to their status as invasive species.

Amphibians in general are in world-wide decline. In response to this problem, the scientific community is working hard to better understand these unique animals. A multi-institutional research team led by Chris Heesy, PhD and Meg Hall PhD at Midwestern University Glendale, AZ (ARCIVES) and involving Heather Barron, DVM, DABVP at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Sanibel, FL; Crystal Wilcox, LVT at Parrish Creek Veterinary Clinic Centerville and Scott Echols, DVM DABVP at Scarlet Imaging Murray, UT has been started to study the anatomy (especially the neurologic system) of the cane toad.

The cane toad shown here was selected for a soft tissue preservation and BriteVu with BriteVu Enhancer vascular study. The toad was then scanned on the Epica Vimago at 200µm. For more information about ARCIVES at Midwestern University, go to

Cane toad perfused with BriteVu and BriteVu Enhancer whole body video

Cane toad perfused with BriteVu and BriteVu Enhancer whole body video– color