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- n. Any of a class of toxic steroids present in some plants and secreted by some toads through the skin as a defense; sometimes present as a glycoside.
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'The researchers found that snakes living on Japans toad-free island of Kinkazan lacked the toads toxic bufadienolide compounds completely.
The study also found that snake mothers with high concentrations of the toxin are able to pass bufadienolide toxin on their offspring helping protect them from predators.
R. tigrinus from Honshu, where toad numbers vary, displayed a wide range of bufadienolide concentrations.