This Monster 57 lb Toad caught eating neighborhood pets in New Mexico!!
A giant Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) outside the Chiricahua Desert Museum. Another words, big frog.
Hoax or Fact:
The story in wide circulation online, especially via social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and image sharing websites like Pinterest, claims to show a man holding a 57 LB Monster Toad that was caught eating pets in New Mexico. The claims are not facts thankfully.
The story of giant toad became popular in 2015 after it was published in an 18th May article of website nymeta.co (NY Meta). Around the same time, the same story also appeared on another website globereport.net (Globe Report), according to which, the residents of Rodeo in New Mexico, were worried about their missing pet cats and dogs. They thought some large menacing mountain lion could be responsible for it, but were surprised to learn that a Giant Sonoran Desert Toad weighing a whopping 57 pounds bigger than the type of toad that gets as big as 1.5 pounds was the reason behind the missing pets. It is also said that the current finding belonging to the species recognized as the largest native toad in North America has been a mystery for scientists.
It has to be noted that NY Meta is an entertainment platform that also publishes satirical stories, as mentioned in the about information on their website nymeta.co. Likewise, Globe Report is a news and satire web publication as mentioned in the about information on their website globereport.net.
Old Picture, Photoshopped!
The picture showing a man holding a giant toad is in fact an old one that was shared on Chiricahua Desert Museum Facebook page on 24 July 2012, with a very similar story. But after many users got skeptical and angry about the picture, Chiricahua Desert Museum disclosed that it was just a -- humor. You can see the complete image in third picture of Image Gallery, not to much surprise, it is simply a photoshopped one.
Colorado River Toad
The Sonoran Desert Toad also known as the Colorado River Toad (Bufo alvarius) is a psychoactive toad usually found in southwestern United States and the northern Mexico. It is one of the largest toads native to North America, but does not generally get any bigger than 7.5 inches in length. But interestingly, the toad has a primary defense system, where its glands produce a poison that can be potent enough to kill a grown dog.