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Cuban Tree Frog

Osteopilus septentrionalis

Description:

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.[1] 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:

The Cuban tree frog is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. This large frog has been introduced in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, many islands of the Lesser Antilles, and Hawaii. There is debate over if the species was native to the Key West region of Florida, or if it was introduced to the area. First discovered in the 1930s, it is theorized that they might arrived on ships in the 1800s or could have made it to the area by natural means. They can survive in brackish water and this ability may have helped the species to spread to various islands. The Cuban tree frogs progressed colonization into the mainland of Florida is believed to be by use of Florida State Road A1A construction during the 1940s. The species is now established in southern Florida and parts of the panhandle region and can be found as far north as South Carolina.

Notes:

Hanging out on our glass door.

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13 Comments

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thank you Morfikus!

morfikus
morfikus 8 years ago

This frog is so cute! Nice photo!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thank you very much, Claudioda!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks azairat! Yes they are really noisy! We've had some flooding in our area recently and they were making all sorts of noise.

azairat
azairat 8 years ago

Lovely Photo, you took!

ClaudiodaCruz
ClaudiodaCruz 8 years ago

beautiful frog!:)

azairat
azairat 8 years ago

just now

If, you think crickets in the south are noisy, wait to you hear these hippity-hoppity croaking creatures ...! Obnoxiously Loud! ;~0 You don't know whether it's a Gator, Frog or what, in some places the sound is overwhelming!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks Sumukha!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Cute frog..! Wonderful spotting..:-)

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks very much, Satyen.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely series and information!

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 8 years ago

Thanks OnengDyah!

OnengDyah
OnengDyah 8 years ago

Cute frog..and great pic..

LaurieWinters
Spotted by
LaurieWinters

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2012
Submitted on Aug 29, 2012

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