Cuban Treefrog is where ?. Common Facts . Scientific name Osteopilus septentrionalis It is known to be the largest species of tree frog in North America Native to Cuba and also in neighboring Caribbean islands It, unfortunally, was introduced into central and southern portion of Florida.
Geographic distribution of the Cuban Treefrogs (by county) in Florida Credits: Monica McGarrity, University of Florida, 2007
The Cuban tree frog eats a wide variety of items
Here you can find them eating snailes, millipedes, spiders and other creatures
Also, these treefrogs are predators to the native frogs that are found in Florida; they are cannibalistic
They usually breed during the spring and summer months
The reproduction of these treefrogs all depends on the rainfall especially during the thunderstorms…weird, right?
The amount of eggs that are laid really depends on the size of the female
Not very picky about where their breeding sites are, just away from the predators
Mostsites include isolated wetlands, ditches, decorative ponds, and even swimming pools that are neglected.
Predators to the Sunshine State native treefrogs
Known to also eat many other species of native wildlife
Replaces many of the native treefrogs that can be found in area homeowners houses
Studies show that the tadpoles are superior competitors
Also inhibited both growth and development of tadpoles of both the southern toad and green treefrog
Cuban treefrogs also compete for both shelter and foodSo….what is the ecological harm?
Florida’s native treefrogs are rarely seen inside homes
They enter homes in various ways
Open doors or windows
Inadvertently be brought inside by traveling on an ornamental plant
Or the plumbing systems by gaining access through vent pipes on the roof
Cuban treefrogs are not as nearly as toxic as the cane toads, but they do have a sticky skin secretion that can be very irritating to mucous membranes of people
It could get in the eyes and nose which become very itchy
It is always a good idea to wash hands before handling anything afterward
All pets should be kept away too