Cuban Treefrog

Osteopilus septentrionalis

The Cuban Treefrog is one of several non-native species of frogs in Florida. Cuban Treefrogs are very common in suburban neighborhoods and can be found on and homes and other buildings. They also invade natural oak and pine forests. Cuban Treefrogs occur across the entire Florida peninsula but only isolated individuals have been seen in the panhandle region. A large female Cuban Treefrog may grow to 4-5 inches, and this is the largest species of treefrog in the state. Cuban Treefrogs are considered an invasive species and they eat native treefrogs. Like Florida’s native treefrogs, Cuban Treefrogs have enlarged toe pads at the ends of their fingers and toes that allow them to climb the sides of houses and trees. Cuban Treefrogs vary a lot in color and pattern. They can be white, beige, brown, yellow, green, or combinations of these colors. They may have an obvious pattern of stripes and other marking on their backs and legs or they may be a solid color. That have large, bug-eyes, and they usually have numerous small warts on their back. They emit a noxious skin secretion that can irritate the nose and eyes of people, so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling one of these frogs.

Photo credit: Dr. Steve A. Johnson, University of Florida


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