Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)


The Cuban Tree Frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands. They are a highly invasive species. As a tree frog, they are a member of the family Hylidae. They come in a variety of colors, olive-brown, gray, bronze, and gray-white. They can be 3 to 5.5 in (76 to 140 mm) long. They are often sold in the pet trade but have toxins in their skins, so remember to wash your hands after handling them.

The frogs have spread to Florida, Hawaii, and other Caribbean islands. The Cuban Tree frog is able to breed all year long, allowing it to increase its numbers dramatically. In Hawaii, they have banned the sale of Cubant tree frogs and the conviction of importing them can land a $25,000 fine and a year in jail.

The Cuban tree frog is the largest tree frog in North America and will eat anything it can fit in its mouth. Population decreases in the American Green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) and the Squirell tree frog (Hyla squirella) have been explained by the Cuban tree frogs.

It is suggested to humanely kill the frogs if you catch them in non-native areas or you can keep them as a pet, but make sure the tank lid is secure.



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