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Cuban Tree Frog

Osteopilus septentrionalis

Description:

Commonly known as the Cuban tree frog, is an amphibian native to the Caribbean region of the Western Hemisphere. It is the largest tree frog of North America. Their wide diet and ability to thrive amongst humans has made it a highly invasive species with established colonies in Northern Florida, the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and thorough the Caribbean Islands. They range in size from 3 to 5.5 inches (76 to 140 mm) and vary in color from olive-brown, bronze, gray, or grayish-white. A nocturnal tree dwelling frog, they are known to eat almost anything that will fit in their mouth and to mate year-round. Their arrival in a new community is believed to be detrimental to local species and it has been suggested that these frogs be destroyed on sight upon their arrival in new habitats. Cuban tree frogs are commonly available as pets; however, because the animal secretes a toxic mucus from their skin that can cause a burning sensation in the eyes it is not an ideal pet. It is also believed that further distribution of the species has been expanded by the release of these pets.

Habitat:

My backyard.

Notes:

Those white lumps on it's back are from potting soil. He/she jumped out of a bag of it.

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11 Comments

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 3 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul
Atul 3 years ago

fantastic series of snaps and video as well

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 3 years ago

Thank you misako.hill and textless!

textless
textless 3 years ago

Wonderful photo series, and good information. Thanks!

misako
misako 3 years ago

Great series!

KarenL
KarenL 3 years ago

:)

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 3 years ago

and such a nice smile!

KarenL
KarenL 3 years ago

He has lovely eyes!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 3 years ago

Thanks CJulen!
Karen, He is kinda cute, isn't he?

KarenL
KarenL 3 years ago

Cute little guy!

CJulen
CJulen 3 years ago

Really awesome photos and video!!! Love it!

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Lat: 27.77, Long: -82.64

Spotted on Oct 7, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

Reference

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